• Did Ferguson attempt to use Legislative Council as shield for reckless policy
• Hodgman cannot confirm any written advice from then-Police Minister
• Liberals should dump contentious firearms proposal and put community at ease
The Police Minister has not denied asking an Independent member of the Legislative Council to establish a committee to investigate the Liberal’s reckless and dangerous firearms policy.
It comes as the Premier was unable to confirm whether he’d actually received written advice from former Police Minister Rene Hidding that the Liberals’ firearms election policy did not breach the National Firearms Agreement.
Michael Ferguson has spent the morning in Budget Estimates dodging questions about whether the Liberal policy breaches the National Firearms Agreement.
“It is now plain for everyone to see that the Liberals are furiously backpedalling from their reckless and dangerous firearms policy,” Shadow Police Minister Shane Broad said.
“The Minister refused to detail the advice he received from Tasmania Police about whether the policy is in breach of the NFA – at the same time the Premier was unable to establish whether he received written advice from former Police Minister Rene Hidding on the same topic.
“Michael Ferguson was also asked multiple times whether he spoke to Ivan Dean about establishing a Parliamentary Inquiry into the policy.
“The Liberals know their reckless and dangerous firearms policy breaches the NFA and now they are trying to use the Legislative Council as cover.
“Minister Michael Ferguson and Premier Hodgman should put the community at ease and finally dump his reckless and dangerous policy.”
Shane Broad MP Shadow Minister for Police