Hodg­man, a man of so many hats

Sunday Tasmanian - - World -

get a guernsey when the Lib­er­als won gov­ern­ment in 2014.

In­stead, he has been Deputy Speaker and Chair of Com­mit­tees, and is the Gov­ern­ment’s nom­i­na­tion for Speaker fol­low­ing Elise Archer’s el­e­va­tion to Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Min­is­ter for Cor­rec­tions, Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Parks and Min­is­ter for the Arts (no doubt look­ing for­ward to all those in­vi­ta­tions).

There is Sarah Court­ney (Bass), who has very im­pres­sive cre­den­tials. She started in the fi­nance in­dus­try as a quan­ti­ta­tive an­a­lyst, moved to eq­uity anal­y­sis and stock­broking, then busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager with a funds man­age­ment firm. She holds a Bach­e­lor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Bach­e­lor of Com­merce from the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, and a Mas­ter of Wine Tech­nol­ogy and Viti­cul­ture.

Since be­ing elected in 2014, she has been par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to the Premier and com­mu­nity and vet­er­ans’ af­fairs. She has served on a num­ber of com­mit­tees.

Roger Jaen­sch (Brad­don) was elected in 2014 and is par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for Small Busi­ness, Trade and Red Tape Re­duc­tion. He stud­ied sci­ence at Monash Univer­sity, and af­ter land use and in­dus­try devel­op­ment roles in WA, he be­came the in­au­gu­ral chair and CEO of the Cra­dle Coast Au­thor­ity in 2000.

Leonie His­cutt was elected MLC for Montgomery in 2013. She is a mar­riage cel­e­brant who was ac­tive in agri-pol­i­tics, small busi­ness and tourism be­fore en­ter­ing the Up­per House, where she is cur­rently Leader of the Gov­ern­ment.

Nic Street (Franklin) was elected in 2016 on a re­count fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Paul Har­riss. He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia with a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce.

He ran his fam­ily’s busi­ness in Black­mans Bay and was elected to King­bor­ough Coun­cil in 2011. He joined MHA Adam Brooks as an ad­viser in 2014 af­ter the state elec­tion.

And then there is for­mer min­is­ter Brooks (Brad­don), who, along with Matthew Groom, has no of­fi­cial party du­ties and has been in the back­ground since 2016.

He was stood down as the min­ing min­is­ter last year over con­cerns about pos­si­ble con­flicts of in­ter­est be­tween his port­fo­lio and busi­ness pur­suits, and has been ruled out from re­turn­ing to the front bench un­til the com­ple­tion of an ex­haus­tive au­dit of his email ac­counts.

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