Ex-LNP minister Bruce Flegg wins $800,000 in defamation suit
A FORMER Newman Government housing minister said he felt "very vindicated" following a win in a defamation lawsuit against his former media advisor.
Bruce Flegg gave the thumbs up to a woman sitting in the courtroom on Thursday when the judgment was handed down, indicating that he won the case and would be paid almost $800,000 in damages.
Speaking to media following the judgment, he said it was a "complete and utter vindication" that a judge found his media advisor Graeme Hallett acted maliciously.
In his judgment, Supreme Court Judge Peter Lyons said Mr Hallett had a motivation to damage Dr Flegg's reputation and was "actuated by malice".
Dr Flegg dismissed Mr Hallett, his then media advisor, in November 2012. The following day, Mr Hallett held a media conference and told journalists his former boss had misled Parliament.
Mr Hallett claimed the minister was not truthful about the contact he had with his son, who was a lobbyist, and said Dr Flegg was not fit to be a minister.
Dr Flegg resigned as minister in the days following these allegations.
Justice Lyons ordered Mr Hallett pay $775,000 in damages, which is part of the salary and superannuation entitlements Dr Flegg said he missed out on from his resignation.
Speaking outside court in Brisbane on Thursday, Dr Flegg said it had been an emotional time for him and his family.
"It was something that cost me personally, not to do with money but in terms of the pain you suffer personally when you are brought down and attacked in this way publicly."
Mr Hallett was not in court for the judgment delivery