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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Taxpayers pick up $60K bill for Brooks lies … and Premier allows it

Michelle O’Byrne MP
Deputy Labor Leader
 

 

  • Disgraced Minister charges taxpayers for his unacceptable deception
  • Checked-out Hodgman allows Tasmanians to pay huge legal bill while he denies them a fair pay rise
  • Brooks needs to repay the legal bill he foisted on taxpayers to cover up his dishonesty

Taxpayers have forked out almost $60,000 to allow disgraced former Minister and millionaire Adam Brooks to repeatedly lie and deviously attempt to cover it up.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said after the Premier revealed tonight that Tasmanian taxpayers had been forced to foot the $57,880 bill for Mr Brooks’ lawyers throughout an Integrity Commission investigation into his deception, he should now order it be paid back.

“This is a disgrace upon an unforgivable disgrace – and possibly just the beginning of the legal expenses that will be charged to taxpayers,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“This legal bill amounts to more than the average wage of a Tasmanian living in Mr Brooks’ Braddon electorate.

“This messy fiasco started with Mr Brooks blatantly lying to a Parliamentary Estimates Committee but that lie has been proven to be the first in a litany of lies.

“Why should Tasmanians pay for Mr Brooks to repeatedly deny he was lying only to be exposed to be an habitual liar – who blatantly misled the Premier, the Tasmanian public, the Crown Solicitor and the Parliament?

“It’s a disgrace that the Premier has allowed him to lie, accepted his lies and charge the Tasmanian taxpayer for the pleasure.

“It defies belief that the Premier and Mr Brooks would be so blatant. It requires Mr Brooks to now go into his Braddon community and explain to his constituents why he lied again and again and again.

“He must go into his community now and explain why they are forking out for his legal bills while families are struggling to put a roof over their heads and food on the table.”

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  1. Peter Bright

    November 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    In theory, voters of integrity would expel parliamentarians with little or none, so I’ve wondered why they don’t.

    My feeling is that some voters have corruptions of various kinds in their own lives, and, as vulnerable infantrymen shield themselves behind an armoured tank, corrupt voters use parliamentarians as a shield for their own wrongdoing. What’s OK for them is OK for us. The pollies do it .. so we can, too!

    Australia’s ruthless Liberal parties have become hotbeds of corruption, and it’s now obvious that they are actually the power arm of the business world. In return, unprincipled capitalists pay off the politicians “under the counter” … and it doesn’t always have to be in cash.

    I’m sure we suckers out here, we who in truth pay for everything, would be shocked out of our shoes if we had access to all the secret communications between the Liberals and exploitative capitalists.

    A nation gets the governments it permits. To extinguish rotten governments the people must vote them out .. and keep them out.

    Have the voters sufficient integrity and intelligence to do this?

  2. Chris

    November 29, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Don’t worry, be happy. If the Brook is full then it must have been topped up, or about to be, when those getting 28 cents for a feed-in tariff have the flow decreased to 13.5 cents at a cost of $150 a quarter, for a year, THEN they get a negative gush at 8 cents allowing the legal fees to be met with a further injection of $350 a quarter to Willie’s tank slush fund … oops an extra tap for Aurora to gush at a rate of $10,000,000 a year.

    When the Grinner says these new gushes are ‘fair and equitable’ then we must believe the religious as they do not lie, and like the Minister for Standing Still, we all know that the pubscasinodonatedbeholdenLNPIPhorsepiddleAabetzianGovernment is reliable and honest and should be able to direct its current flow to those who only charge for legitimate and fair fees for those who would dive their snouts into the trough!

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