|Scott Bacon MP
- Report finally reveals underhanded and deceitful behaviour
- Truth shows level of former Minister’s deceit after almost two-and-a-half years
- Brooks should resign as Member for Braddon
- Hodgman should show leadership and have him kicked out of Parliament
More than two years after he was caught red-handed lying to a Parliamentary Estimates Committee, the true depth of former Mining Minister Adam Brooks’ deception has finally been revealed.
The long-awaited Integrity Commission audit of the former Minister’s company email account has concluded Mr Brooks deliberately deleted emails relating to his private business while a member of the Hogman Cabinet and then lied to the Premier about it.
Importantly, the Integrity Commission investigation found Mr Brooks continued to be involved in the operation of his company Maintenance Systems Solutions while he was Mining Minister despite his assurances he was not.
“The Integrity Commission investigation has shown that the Ministerial Code of Conduct – considering the Mr Brooks deeply deceptive behaviour – is not worth the paper it’s written on,” Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said.
“Mr Brooks deliberately deleted evidence.
“Adam Brooks lied to the Premier. He lied to the Crown Solicitor. He lied to the Tasmanian community.
“And he lied because he was motivated by concerns that if his business emails were uncovered they would cause him political damage.
“The Premier has today said Mr Brooks will not be considered for a Cabinet posting in the foreseeable future but considering the depth of deception uncovered here, that doesn’t go near far enough.
“Mr Brooks should understand that there is now no option but to resign as the Member for Braddon in disgrace and the Premier should, for once, show some leadership and have him kicked out of the Parliament.”