Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
Yesterday, after it was confirmed your former minister, Adam Brooks, had lied to parliament three times, to you, repeatedly, to the people of Braddon and to the Crown Solicitor, you said Mr Brooks would not be offered a position in the Cabinet in the foreseeable future. Are you serious? Are your standards of ministerial behaviour and accountability so low that you would consider offering this disgraced member a ministerial position sometime in the future, which is not yet foreseeable?
Madam Speaker, I thank the member for the question. I could not be any clearer. I have no plans to bring Mr Brooks back into this Cabinet. It is not up to me as to whether he continues to serve as a member of this parliament. If Mr Brooks seeks re-election at the next election, it will be a matter for the people of Braddon. It is unbelievable that I have Labor members seeking to set a standard in this place when they have had a number of ministerial failings, which have eventually resulted in resignations and have, on a number of instances, resulted in nothing by way of discipline for those members.
Bryan Green was sent to the Supreme Court to face two criminal trials and he was promoted to leader of the Labor Party. I will not be lectured to by members about the standards that should be set. I will stand by the standards we do set.
Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Madam Speaker. It is to standing order 45, relevance. The Premier needs to state whether he would reappoint Mr Brooks to Cabinet sometime beyond the foreseeable future.
Madam SPEAKER - That might be the subject of another question. I will rule against it.