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Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

1 Nov 2017

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

It has become a hallmark of Will Hodgman’s leadership going back to, and beyond, the Mantach scandal.  Every time the heat is on, he points the finger at someone else.

There’s an old saying, ‘a fish rots from the head’.  Mr Hodgman can’t continue to pretend every stink associated with the Tasmanian Liberals has nothing to do with him.

He is the Liberals’ Parliamentary Leader and he should answer questions asked in the public interest about a decision to accept $30 000 from a Chinese owned company ASIO warned his Federal colleagues about. 

Instead of pointing the finger at Sam McQuestin and saying it’s got nothing to with his leadership, Will Hodgman should tell Tasmanians why a decision was made to accept this money despite ASIO’s clear warning.

He should be open and  transparent with Tasmanians who are concerned about the profound harm caused by poker machines in disadvantaged communities, and show the leadership required of him by being clear the Liberals will not take money from the Farrell family who are desperately trying to protect their profits as their toxic Monopoly Deed comes to an end.

He should take responsibility for the shameful, potentially unlawful conduct of the Party he leads in the Pembroke campaign.

Instead, repeatedly in recent days, Will Hodgman has shirked responsibility and pointed the finger at his State Director.

This is what weak leaders do, and Tasmanians deserve much better.