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It’s about the truth, Mr Bartlett

When, in April 2008, Mr Bartlett was elevated to the position of Deputy Premier he promised to “speak the truth at all times”.

It appears that Mr Bartlett has so far failed to do so in relation to the McCreadie affair.

The Premier has not disputed Acting Police Commissioner Darren Hine’s evidence that he told Mr Bartlett that the Director of Public Prosecutions was considering charges against Mr McCreadie prior to the announcement that he was to become Acting Commissioner.

Yet on at least two occasions Mr Bartlett directly denied having this information prior to the announcement:

“Due to information that came to me after I had made an announcement of my intention to appoint Mr McCreadie I then asked for formal advice.” (David Bartlett, Hansard, 22 October 2008)

and

“I am not aware of any concerns raised by the DPP before I came into this place and made that announcement.” (David Bartlett, Hansard, 22 October 2008).

Rather than the usual weasel words, evasive language and feigning memory loss, the Premier needs to be honest with the Tasmanian people and tell the truth, as he promised he would.

Was he told that the Director of Public Prosecutions was considering charges against Mr McCreadie before he made the announcement?

And if so, why did he tell Parliament that he wasn’t?

The article quoting Mr Bartlett’s pledge to “speak the truth at all times” is attached.
Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC Shadow Attorney General

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