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Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 10 June 2016

Tags: Misleading Parliament, Ministerial Accountability, Mining

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Premier has delivered the weakest possible response to evidence Mining Minister, Adam Brooks, knowingly misled a Parliamentary Committee at least four times late yesterday.

When a Minister of the Crown knowingly misleads Parliament - and therefore the people - he must resign or be sacked. 

Yet, for all his years in Parliament, Premier Hodgman doesn't seem to understand the seriousness of the situation.

I was in the Committee at the time.  Mr Brooks did not mishear a question that was put to him three times.  He heard it very clearly all three times.

Adam Brooks not only has a perceived and potentially real conflict of interest, he has lied to the people of Tasmania and his electorate of Braddon.  That is a most serious charge.  It cannot be taken lightly.

The audit of Mr Brooks' company email is relevant to his compliance, or otherwise, with the conflict of interest protocol but irrelevant to the fact he deliberately misled Parliament.

The Premier is trying to shift the focus away from his Minister's dishonesty.

A temporary reassignment of Adam Brooks' portfolio responsibilities is a manifestly inadequate response from the Premier.

Twice now he has stood by Ministers who have misled Parliament.  First, Minister Groom last year over the potential sale of the Hunter Street Art School and now Minister Brooks. 

The Premier's weak response smacks of contempt for the Parliament and the people it seeks to represent.

The Liberals will be answerable to those people when Parliament returns next week.