Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader
It was pleasing former Minister Adam Brooks apologised to Parliament this afternoon. It was welcome, and a long time coming.
The ducking, weaving and deflecting from Premier Hodgman this week, and his refusal to acknowledge dishonesty, won't have gone unnoticed by Tasmanians who surely expect better from their government. And rightly so.
This is simply a matter of integrity, respect for the Parliament and Ministerial accountability.
Despite the picture the government tried to paint, this was never a personal attack on Mr Brooks. This is about the integrity and accountability of a government and its Ministers.
Tasmanians should be able to trust that Ministers and public officials are always truthful, that they uphold the highest standards.
The denials and deflection of the last week, the dishonest conduct of Minister Groom last year, are an indictment on Premier Hodgman and his government.
Sadly, the standard the Premier has set takes the Parliament to a new low where Ministers feel free to lie and dodge at will.