Fo­cus on Brooks de­lay

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - CHRIS PIPPOS

A STATE Gov­ern­ment MP who quit as min­is­ter over his busi­ness email ac­count is now feel­ing the heat from a con­ser­va­tive and for­mer decades­long Lib­eral Party mem­ber over the un­re­solved saga, with the po­ten­tial for it to ig­nite pre-elec­tion.

Lib­eral MP Adam Brooks, whose brief min­is­te­rial ca­reer ended last June when he re­signed over a per­cep­tion of a con­flict of in­ter­est be­tween his busi­ness in­ter­ests and re­sources port­fo­lio, said he re­mained “ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted” to a Crown So­lic­i­tor au­dit of his ac­count, which has been stalled by his per­sonal di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

But lawyer and Lib­eral Party mem­ber on and off for 30 years, Glynn Wil­liams, said there was no sound le­gal rea­son for the se­crecy to date and de­layed au­dit.

“I’m not sure how that case was made out,” said Mr Wil­liams, who is also Pri­mary Em- ploy­ers Tas­ma­nia pres­i­dent and Poppy Grow­ers Tas­ma­nia vice-pres­i­dent.

“That nat­u­ral thing is he should dis­close those mat­ters.

“It cre­ates a doubt if it’s not made pub­lic.”

Mr Wil­liams, who has twice failed to get Lib­eral pre­s­e­lec­tion in Brad­don, in the state’s North-West and West, said Mr Brooks could face heat even from his own side in a rugged Hare-Clark con­test next March if the mat­ter was not re­solved soon.

“I would like to know, and I’m sure there are peo­ple in­volved in the (min­ing) sec­tor who would like to know, so it could be cleared up,” Mr Wil­liams said.

Mr Brooks said Mr Wil­liams had lit­tle cred­i­bil­ity com­ment­ing on his sit­u­a­tion.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the gra­tu­itous ad­vice from Mr Wil­liams, but given he ran against the Lib­eral Party at the last elec­tion I sug­gest peo­ple should take his ad­vice with more than a grain of salt,” Mr Brooks said.

“In re­la­tion to the au­dit, the fact is I ab­so­lutely did noth­ing wrong and the Act­ing Sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment has given all the de­ci­sions I took the clean bill of health.

“Hav­ing said that, in re­la­tion to my di­vorce there are still mat­ters to be re­solved re­gard­ing the set­tle­ment and a con­fi­den­tial­ity clause means I can­not com­ment fur­ther, than to say I ab­so­lutely re­main com­mit­ted to the au­dit.

“The peo­ple of Brad­don can clearly see I am de­liv­er­ing strongly for them de­spite not be­ing in Cabi­net — for ex­am­ple, on both the seal dump­ing ban and open­ing 4WD tracks.”

Mr Brooks’ res­ig­na­tion fol­lowed his an­swers in bud­get es­ti­mates, where he wrongly de­nied three times he still had an email with his min­ing ser­vices com­pany.

Mr Brooks said the email was for per­sonal use only.

He was stood down by Pre­mier Will Hodg­man and soon after re­signed from Cabi­net.

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