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Mr Brooks - Integrity Commission Report

28 November 2018

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN 

Yesterday, after it was confirmed your former minister, Adam Brooks, had 
lied to parliament three times, to you, repeatedly, to the people of 
Braddon and to the Crown Solicitor, you said Mr Brooks would not be 
offered a position in the Cabinet in the foreseeable future. Are you 
serious? Are your standards of ministerial behaviour and accountability 
so low that you would consider offering this disgraced member a 
ministerial position sometime in the future, which is not yet foreseeable?

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for the question. I could not be any 
clearer. I have no plans to bring Mr Brooks back into this Cabinet. It 
is not up to me as to whether he continues to serve as a member of this 
parliament. If Mr Brooks seeks re-election at the next election, it will 
be a matter for the people of Braddon. It is unbelievable that I have 
Labor members seeking to set a standard in this place when they have had a 
number of ministerial failings, which have eventually resulted in 
resignations and have, on a number of instances, resulted in nothing by 
way of discipline for those members. 

Bryan Green was sent to the Supreme Court to face two criminal trials and 
he was promoted to leader of the Labor Party. I will not be lectured to 
by members about the standards that should be set. I will stand by the 
standards we do set.

Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Madam Speaker. It is to standing order 45, 
relevance. The Premier needs to state whether he would reappoint Mr 
Brooks to Cabinet sometime beyond the foreseeable future.

Madam SPEAKER - That might be the subject of another question. I will 
rule against it.