Monday, 20 October 2008

Rose speaks of humiliating time in jail

Disgraced former Queensland Labor minister Merri Rose says the humiliating shock of spending time in jail will stay with her.

Speaking for the first time since she was jailed for trying to blackmail former premier Peter Beattie in 2006.

The former prisoner, high school dropout and Cabinet minister said she would take her humiliating three-month jail experience with her for the rest of her life.

"It's humiliating, it's the loss of freedom," Ms Rose said.

"It's the indignity, it's being watched all the time, having your decision-making taken away from you.

"I use to say to myself, I was never going to complain about doing grocery shopping ever again.

She said her attempt to blackmail Mr Beattie into giving her a job was "a really stupid mistake".

Ms Rose now lives a modest life on Moreton Island with her partner fisherman Danny Corney.

It is not expected that she will disclose the blackmail secret as she would be charged with contempt and would risk going back behind bars.

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