QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman says ex-Housing Minister Bruce Flegg felt he had no alternative but to resign.
But he says there's too much focus 'on minutiae'.
Dr Flegg today quit as Housing Minister to become the second Cabinet Member to resign since the Newman administration took office in March.
The resignation follows growing pressure after a series of allegations this week.
"It's sad that he (Dr Flegg) has been tripped up in this way," Mr Newman told a press conference after Question Time this afternoon.
But Mr Newman said he believed Dr Flegg had to resign considering the circumstances.
Asked if he thought Dr Flegg had to resign, he said: "Yes, I believe he did given his feeling about the way it was distracting from the job of the government".
The Premier, however, said he believed there was too much focus on minutiae.
"We are really leaving the debate on the big issues alone," Mr Newman said.
At a press conference after Question Time, Mr Newman said: "He (Flegg) has done the right thing".
"I acknowledge there have been some issues along the way," Mr Newman said.
"This has become a distraction for the government."
He said Dr Flegg "has taken responsibility for the things that have gone on in his office".
"His decision to resign and his advice to me on that matter was within 45 minutes of parliament kicking off today."
Mr Newman said it remained to be seen whether allegations levelled against Dr Flegg by his former media advisor would be proven.
The Premier said he had not had a chance to decide on a replacement for Dr Flegg.
"I will be sitting down this afternoon...and I will have a good think about that," he said.
Mr Newman defended his decision to initially stand beside Dr Flegg after the allegations were levelled at him.
"The matters essentially needed to be considered properly," he said.
Mr Newman said he was still considering it when Dr Flegg tendered his resignation.
"These matters are only a day or two old.
"People make allegations all the time.
"People doing the wrong thing is the ultimate test."
Mr Newman said Dr Flegg told him of his plans to tender his resignation at 1.40pm.
He also defended the performance of his Cabinet.
"The cabinet are actually performing really well," Mr Newman said.
Mr Flegg said the scandal had damaged the government and he was taking responsibility for them.
He paid tribute to Premier Campbell Newman and his team and urged the public to give them a go.
"It has come to my notice over recent days, there have been a number of administrative failures," he said.
"I want to stress to the house that these were matters I was not aware of. These were not matters that represented misdoing on behalf on anyone.
"Unlike those opposite, if these matters happen under my watch I will take responsibility for them."
"We have seen parliament substantially damaged in the eyes of Queenslanders because of those failure to take that responsibility," Mr Flegg said.
"I have been very privileged to serve as the Minister for Housing and Public Works," he said.
"I think we have made some amazing achievements. Thousands of Queenslanders will be housed as a result of building initiatives, of tenancy reforms of putting our housing back on track and they are things that I have greatly enjoyed.
"Madam Speaker, you might have guessed from my demeanor today that I am tendering my resignation to the Premier. I want everybody in this place to understand fully I am taking that action.
"The Premier has not asked me or approached me in any way about that. I believe that overwhelmingly it is not about sloppy administration."
"Overwhelmingly this government is the best thing that has happened to Queensland in decades."
Earlier, Mr Newman paid tribute to Dr Flegg and his "courage and dignity" in coming into the House to take responsibility and announce his resignation.
He paid respect to his work as Housing Minister and the reform he had begun to implement.
"I think he has shown all of us what the ministerial tradition under the Westminster system is all about."
Mr Newman said he would make an announcement on Mr Flegg's replacement in coming days.
"I think Dr Bruce Flegg has this afternoon demonstrated incredible dignity and a great sense of honour in the way he has taken personal responsibility for the administrative failings within his own office," Mr Newman said.
"I am proud of him. I am proud of him for coming in here and having the courage and the dignity to deliver that address."
Dr Flegg's sacked media advisor, Graeme Hallett, who blew the whistle on the minister's activities, welcomed the resignation.
"Dr Flegg's announcement of his resignation is obviously significant and I personally welcome it," he said.
"It is good he has decided to accept that he has done wrongdoing over a period of time, principally around the issue of misleading the institute of the Parliament."
Earlier this year - just days after his appointment - Gympie MP David Gibson announced he was quitting as Police Minister over his traffic history.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney today dismissed the trouble surrounding Dr Flegg.
"There'll always be peripheral issues that entertain the media," he said at an event this morning.
But when challenged, he responded by tweeting: "The point is, we're getting on with the job of governing Queensland and delivering our election promises one at a time."
Before Dr Flegg's resignation, Noosa MP Glen Elmes defended his long-time friend as a man of integrity but admitted he believed ministers are ultimately responsible for the documents they table.
"Ultimately the Minister is always responsible. That's just the way it goes," the Minister assisting the Premier said.
Mr Elmes said he believed ministerial responsibility was vital but would not be drawn on whether or not it was appropriate that both Dr Flegg and Arts Minister Ros Bates have blamed their staff for problems in their office including the accuracy of lobbyist registers.
He said depending on the circumstances he would "probably have a look" at documents produced for him by his staff before tabling them in forums such as an estimates hearing.
"It's no secret that Bruce Flegg and I have been good friends for a number of years. I know Bruce to be a man of integrity and as a man that I admire for the work that he does on behalf of the government," he said.
"I saw Bruce answer a series of questions in the parliament yesterday. He answered them very well.
"The opposition's questions were going nowhere.
"I think Bruce is a very capable minister."
Earlier, it was reported that Dr Flegg held undeclared discussions with his lobbyist son about a client just hours before claiming his office's register of contact with the industry was accurate.
A document detailing all contact between Jonathon Flegg and his father's Public Works and Housing ministerial office has exposed how the pair exchanged emails about Viking Rentals, a company that promotes "dunnies with dignity", from October 3.
Compiled by Mr Flegg Jr and released yesterday by the minister's sacked media adviser Graeme Hallett, the document reveals the pair continued to exchange emails with the subject line "Discuss Viking Rental" until October 18.
This is the same date Dr Flegg released his office's register of contact with lobbyists during a Budget estimates committee hearing and declared the document "very accurate" despite the undeclared contact with his son and not having previously seen it.
The revelation Dr Flegg tabled an inaccurate document, will place further pressure on Premier Campbell Newman to sack the minister.
If the case against Dr Flegg is forwarded to Parliament's ethics committee for investigation, Mr Newman will also face pressure to stand down the minister in the same way as he acted against Transport director-general Michael Caltabiano.
The Premier attempted to play down the issue yesterday by promising to extend Right to Information laws to the Opposition because the LNP needed to teach Labor about openness and accountability.
Mr Newman said Mr Stephen and Mr Hallett were responsible for failing to keep Dr Flegg's lobbyist register up to date.
He also said that not all contact between Dr Flegg and his son had to be recorded on the register.
"If the minister's son is ringing up to say what time are you home tonight dad? Or would you like to get a pizza? . . . That doesn't have to be recorded," Mr Newman said.
However Dr Flegg also faces serious accusations that his diary did not disclose his mid-week moonlighting as a general practitioner at his suburban clinic.
Mr Hallett alleged that Dr Flegg's Wednesday afternoons as a GP were instead reflected in his diary as undertaking electorate business.
Dr Flegg said he was treating terminally ill patients but did not deny his diary was wrong.
Mr Hallett said the document produced by Jonathon Flegg, detailing professional contacts which weren't declared, proved Dr Flegg's contributions to the committee were " inaccurate".
While the Government rallied around Dr Flegg, his son's lobbying firm Rowland acted by suspending Jonathon Flegg for a potential breach of contract.
"The integrity of our advice and relationships with our clients and government at all levels is paramount," managing director Helen Besly said.
The Government's woes with lobbyists did not end with Dr Flegg as Arts Minister Ros Bates also admitted her tabled register was inaccurate.
She released a new version which revealed an additional 47 contacts, included seven additional liaisons with controversial former Liberal powerbroker-turned-lobbyist Santo Santoro.
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