The son of a Queensland MP says constant media attacks about his appointment to a plum government job almost killed him.

Ben Gommers became depressed and was hospitalised in October last year amid intense media scrutiny over how he was appointed to his job in the transport department.

Sacked department head, Michael Caltabiano, is accused of misleading parliament over whether he had previously worked with Mr Gommers and could face charges.

Mr Gommers defended himself publicly on Tuesday in a letter read in parliament by his mother, former IT Minister Ros Bates.

He says his mother didn't get him the job, and he wasn't the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation.

Nor did he found, own, or draw a wage from a lobbying firm where it's claimed Mr Caltabiano also worked.

"I feel that is is important to correct the record in relation to countless defamatory reports," he wrote.

"After reading yet another hurtful and defamatory article, I was hospitalised and treated for depression.

"The night before my hospitalisation, I wrote in my diary, `it seems as though the (media) won't rest until I am dead in a gutter somewhere'.

"I feel it is important that these journalists realise and understand that inaccurate and untruthful reporting can and did lead to severe and potentially fatal consequences."

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