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Super is Nuttall's only income: court

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Disgraced former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall says his superannuation is his only source of income left as the Queensland government continues to pursue him for corruption.

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

The 63-year-old was released on parole in 2015 and is now trying to stop the state government from taking up to $2.7m from his pension package.

In an affidavit filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court last week, Nuttall said his QSuper fund, which is estimated to be worth $3.74m, was his only source of income as he had struggled to get a job since being charged in 2007.

While incarcerated, Nuttall was also forced to sell the family's three-bedroom Queenslander in Sandgate and beachfront holiday house in Woodgate.

The proceeds of the sales went to cover Nuttall's $82,000 government fine for contempt, more than $400,000 in legal fees and repayment of the money he corruptly received.

The retiree said he earned nothing from the sale of the properties as the rest of it went to his wife Elizabeth, who divorced him in October after being separated since 2009.

Nuttall blames the constant media exposure of his crimes for his inability to find work since being charged and the subsequent breakdown of his marriage, the affidavit shows.

"Notwithstanding my attempts to remain out of the media spotlight and quietly integrate into the community, I remain continually under scrutiny by the media," Nuttall said.

Nuttall contributed just short of $184,000 to his superannuation, which was worth about $1.5m when he resigned in 2006 and grew from interest.

The case will return to court on December 16.

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