ROCKHAMPTON MP Bill Byrne yesterday said he would not stop investigating the cause of the Fitzroy region's Main Roads' director Terry Hill's controversial departure until he uncovered the truth.

Mr Byrne quizzed Premier Campbell Newman about the position during a parliamentary estimates' hearing on Tuesday.

Despite a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman last month saying Mr Hill's contract was not renewed because they had chosen to go in a new direction, rumours have swirled that Mr Hill was forced to resign by the Newman Government.

Mr Newman denied any involvement in the selection or appointment of anyone within the department, except for former director-general Michael Caltabiano.

Mr Caltabiano was later sacked by Mr Newman when he came under investigation by the CMC for information he provided to the budget estimate hearings in 2012.

The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
The moment Cr Margaret Strelow called for former mayor Brad Carter and former local member Robert Schwarten to help with cutting the ribbon of the new overpass. Photo: Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK140613opening1

 

Yesterday Mr Byrne described Mr Newman's answer as "evasive at best".

"I don't believe he addressed the issue adequately," Mr Byrne said.

"By hook or by crook I will get to the bottom of this."

Transport and Mains Roads Minister Scott Emerson will come under scrutiny from Labor during next week's estimates' hearings.

Mr Byrne flagged he would question Mr Emerson, but would not say whether it would be next week or at another time.

"As the pressure builds up, I think something is bound to give way," Mr Byrne said.