Disgraced MP ordered to repay 25 per cent of superannuation

Disgraced former politician Gordon Nuttall has been ordered to pay the Queensland government nearly $400,000 after a successful legal bid over taxpayer contributions to his nest egg.

Brisbane Supreme Court Justice James Douglas on Wednesday ordered the former Labor minister pay 25 per cent - or about $394,420 - of the publicly funded portion of his primary pension to the state government.

The 64-year-old told the hearing in February his life had not been "a bed of roses" since he was released on parole on strict conditions.

Nuttall was jailed for seven years in 2009 for receiving more than $500,000 in corrupt payments from two businessmen he then helped to secure lucrative government contracts.

"It's a very shameful history that the Labor Party has in relation to Gordon Nuttall", he said.

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He told the court it "beggars belief" he had spent more than five years of his sentence at a maximum-security prison given he was a model and low-risk prisoner.

Nuttall said he was not standing in front of the judge saying "poor me" but did ask Justice Douglas to allow his harsh punishment to offset any deduction from his superannuation.

Attorney-General Yvette Dath said the decision was an important one.

"We welcome that decision, that there is some monies having to be repaid, Ms D'Ath said".

"It's taken a long time to get here and I just think that people would scratch their heads and wonder how it came to be".

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