Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr GUTWEIN
In your Premier's Address last year, you will recall you spoke to the women who rallied across the country for justice and equality. You said, 'I see you and I hear you'. Yet you failed at the first hurdle during the election campaign when two women came forward to say then Liberal Party state treasurer and Braddon candidate Adam Brooks had lied to them about his identity, even producing a fake Victorian driver licence. You did not believe them but you believed a candidate who had lied three times to parliament. Then when you were challenged at a press conference, you accused a female ABC reporter of dishonesty, of tricking up documents; in effect, of falsifying a story.
Given what we now know about Mr Brooks, will you apologise to those women who you chose not to believe and to Emily Baker from the ABC?
Mr Speaker, I thank the Leader of the Greens for that question and her interest in the matter. Regarding women who have anonymously made complaints about Mr Brooks, if those matters are found to be true then that is a very unfortunate set of circumstances they find themselves in. However, as you are aware and this place is aware, Mr Brooks is before the courts. One of the matters that is being heard is a matter of identity. It would not be fair nor reasonable for me to comment on that circumstance while it is before the courts.
Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order before the Premier leaves the lectern, Mr Speaker. He was asked whether he apologised to Emily Baker from the ABC, who he also chose not to believe.
Mr SPEAKER - The Premier has answered.