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Premier orders review after $500,000 legal bill for Newman, Bleijie

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (16.5.16) on a review ordered into the state's legal indemnity guidelines for Cabinet Ministers, after details emerged of a government payout from a case involving the former Premier and Attorney-General.

'The Premier has ordered a review of legal indemnity guidelines for ministers after taxpayers reportedly bore the brunt of a settlement worth more than $500,000 against Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie over comments they made while in government.

'The Guardian reported the former Premier and Attorney-General settled the case brought against them by Gold Coast lawyers after they referred to them as part of the "criminal gang machine", for $525,000.

'It reportedly could have been less, but the pair refused to make a public apology as part of the settlement.

'Under government guidelines, ministers are protected from having to pay the costs themselves and the money is paid from taxpayer funds.'


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