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Gordon hopes for fresh start in 2016

Queensland MP Billy Gordon is hoping for a fresh start after dropping an extortion complaint against a Cairns grandmother.

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Christine Gibson, 50, was charged in September after police alleged she used an explicit picture of Mr Gordon to blackmail him.

But the case was dropped on Wednesday when police prosecutors offered no evidence to the charge.

“We decided on legal advice to withdraw the complaint on the basis of drawing a line in the sand and moving on,” Mr Gordon told ABC radio on Thursday.

“We made a conscious decision, particularly coming into the new year, to start afresh.”

The independent MP has rarely addressed his electorate or the media since allegations he sent numerous women explicit photos began to surface.

He admits scandals hindered his ability to represent Cook in 2015 but says he’ll be “staying out of the newspapers for the wrong reasons” this year.

“Going into 2016, we’ve made a commitment … to go out there on the front foot and really take the bull by the horns,” he said.

“Every bit of legislation that comes through the house this year has to come through me to some degree so, it’s going to be a really hectic year.”

The picture scandal was just one of many to bother Mr Gordon throughout the year.

He also faced allegations of domestic violence in NSW and Queensland but was cleared after police investigations.

Queensland Police also found there wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges over the alleged unsolicited explicit pictures.

Ms Gibson’s lawyer, Paul Richardson, had asked for details about the police investigation into the pictures for his client’s case but was told they could not be provided.

He told AAP Ms Gibson was relieved the charges had been dropped and looked forward to getting on with her life.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg suggested Mr Gordon’s desire for a fresh start might not be that simple.

“I don’t think we should jump to any conclusions in thinking there won’t be any other personal issues around the Member for Cook,” Mr Springborg said.

“I mean time will tell in regards to that.”

Mr Springborg said Mr Gordon’s constituents will judge his actions at the next election.