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Escalation of Hidding Forrest Dispute the Fault of the Premier

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tags: Code of Conduct, Governance

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Premier's woeful, stumbling performance in Question Time today points to a man for whom real leadership is an ambition beyond reach.

In trying to defend Minister Hidding over accusations of bullying and intimidation, the Premier made it clear he thinks doing nothing is an actual response.

It also became clear the Premier himself decided there had been no breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct. 

He should have confessed to this fact a fortnight ago, before dropping the Solicitor General and Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet into it by implying their advice was that there had been no breach.

The Greens remain convinced that the Ministerial Code of Conduct has been breached and that sadly, it is worth very little more than the paper it's written on.

This situation has escalated to the point where links are being made with family violence and threats to sue for defamation being issued because the Premier's response was so weak.

The Premier's refusal to take Ms Forrest's allegation seriously at the time, and now, is an absolute failure of leadership.

Suggesting a nice sit down between the two parties now that it has become so bitter is inadequate. 

The Premier needs to initiate an independent and transparent examination of whether there has been a breach of the Ministerial Code, as Ms Forrest has requested.