Gutwein must rule out Brooks return

Tasmanian Labor
  • Gutwein must rule out opening the door to Adam Brooks
  • Brooks found to have acted in self interest
  • Trust in Adam Brooks irreparably damaged
  • If Peter Gutwein wants to get off on the right foot, he needs to categorically rule out ever letting Adam Brooks run for the Liberal Party.

    Labor Member for Braddon Shane Broad said the former minister’s dishonesty could not be set aside.

    “Adam Brooks was the subject of a damning Integrity Commission report that found he maintained an interest in his own mining company while he was mining minister, despite publicly vowing not to.

    “He repeatedly lied to the Premier and deliberately deleted incriminating emails that proved he was still involved in a company with mining interests, before asking for an email audit to clear his name.

    “He lied not only to the Premier, but to the solicitor general, to the Parliament and to the people of Tasmania.”

    Dr Broad said the Liberals let the scandal drag on for two years, with Brooks deliberately delaying the investigation until after the 2018 election, but the Integrity Commission found Adam Brooks acted to cover his tracks and lied about his actions.

    “While Adam Brooks ultimately made the right decision by resigning from Parliament, he took too long to do it, and his hand was forced by the findings of the Integrity Commission.

    “Peter Gutwein would be setting a terrible example of the standards he is prepared to accept if he welcomes Adam Brooks back in the fold.

    “The people of Braddon had put their trust in Adam Brooks and that trust was shattered by the Integrity Commission’s findings.”

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