PREMIER David Bartlett has denied misleading Parliament over his attempt to reinstate retired police chief Richard McCreadie.
Mr Bartlett said yesterday his only motivation in appointing Mr McCreadie in October 2008 to temporarily replace suspended police commissioner Jack Johnston was to restore stability to Tasmania Police.
But Mr Bartlett failed to address explosive allegations made in a parliamentary inquiry on Friday about why he had ignored a top-level police warning that Mr McCreadie might be charged with criminal offences.
Liberal leader Will Hodgman yesterday accused Mr Bartlett of misleading Parliament four times about when he first became aware of the charges being contemplated against Mr McCreadie.
On October 21, the day after he cancelled Mr McCreadie’s appointment and five days after the initial announcement, Mr Bartlett told Parliament he wished he had known earlier of the police investigation.
“In retrospect, Mr Speaker, yes, I would have preferred to have had this advice before I made the announcement,” Hansard records him as saying.
A day later Mr Bartlett told Parliament: “I was not aware of any concerns raised by the DPP before I came into this place.”
Mr Hodgman called on the Premier to explain why Friday’s evidence directly contradicted four separate statements made by Mr Bartlett to Parliament.
On each occasion Mr Bartlett claimed he had not known before appointing Mr McCreadie of any potential impediment to his return as interim police chief.