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Standards of Ministerial Behaviour
Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
Do you accept the bar you have set for ministerial conduct is extremely
low? Not only have you flagged the possible reinstatement of a former
minister who lied to the parliament, you, the people of Braddon and the
Crown Solicitor, but another of your ministers, Ms Courtney, concealed a
conflict of interest from you for a month and was rewarded for her bad
behaviour with another ministry. What standard of poor ministerial
behaviour is low enough for you to take action and act decisively?
Madam Speaker, I thank the member for the question, with the most spurious
of assertions contained within it. The standard that I have set, in this
instance, is very different to that which the Labor Party set for former
Labor leader Bryan Green. Whilst it is very appropriate that they be
called into question on their judgment of that matter, so should the
Leader of the Greens who was quite happy to sit in Cabinet with Bryan
Green during the Labor-Greens government.
Ms O'Connor - Sure.
Mr HODGMAN - Sure, she says. She was quite happy to get the ministerial
loading, have all the power of office, after she had spent a lot of her
time with her colleagues pursuing Bryan Green, declaring him to be corrupt.
Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Madam Speaker, 45 - relevance. The Premier
has now entered ancient history and it is not relevant.
Ms O'CONNOR - Cue faux laughter from the Government benches.
Premier, what standard of poor ministerial behaviour is low enough for you
to act decisively?
Madam SPEAKER - As the member is aware, Standing Order 45 gives me no
power whatsoever, regardless of the point you have made. I ask the
Premier to resume his contribution.
Mr HODGMAN - Thank you Madam Speaker. The answer to that question is a
damm lot higher than you set yourself. I have acted responsibly and
appropriately according to the Integrity Commission. Mr Brooks has not
escaped punishment as you assert.
I would ask rhetorically of the member who asked the question, how could
she have sat in a Cabinet with somebody that the Greens declared corrupt
and who had gone to the Criminal Court on two separate occasions? How
could that be so? How could you set yourself such a high standard?
The member claims my response is irrelevant because it happened some years
ago. That again shows the level of standard that she abides by in that it
will change, from one day to the next.