Tasmanian Times


After six days, an admission from Bartlett

David Bartlett has finally admitted what everyone else knew, that Acting Police Commissioner Hine directly warned him about the potential of criminal charges against Mr Richard McCreadie, but that the Premier ignored the warning.

After numerous questions from the media and several questions in the Legislative Council, Government Leader Doug Parkinson, speaking for the Premier, has finally conceded: “At no time has the Premier disputed Mr Hine’s evidence to the Select Committee.”

Finally, we get an admission that the Premier did in fact know about the potential charges before he announced the appointment, contrary to what he several times told the House of Assembly.

Finally, the Government has been dragged kicking and screaming to admit the facts.

David Bartlett will now have to go into Parliament next Tuesday and fully explain why he told Parliament that he did not have this information, when clearly we all now know he did.
Vanessa Goodwin MLC Shadow Attorney-General

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  1. Russell

    November 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    It cannot be called anything BUT “misleading Parliament.”

    Bartlett should resign and the Public Prosecutor should investigate charges.

    Could another word for it be treason?

  2. salamander

    November 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Bartlett has spent the last week skirting around the fact that he knew of the charges. This has highlighted his usual adroitness in avoiding the pit, but as he and only he is responsible for the mess he is currently in, it would be nice to think that his days as leader are numbered.

  3. Concerned Resident

    November 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Isn’t this called ‘misleading parliament’. Especially due to the fact that he originally told parliament he was unaware of any potential charges against Richard McCreadie.

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