Sarah Courtney scandal cannot be allowed to fester any longer
- Serious and clear breach of Ministerial Code of Conduct cannot be disputed
- Premier still refusing to answer serious and pertinent questions over his former Minister
- Premier must dismiss Courtney and reshuffle his Cabinet
More than two weeks after Premier Hodgman stood aside his Primary Industries Minister over a serious breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, Tasmanians expect action to be taken.
Labor Transparency Committee Chair Jo Siejka said the Premier was yet to answer the pertinent question about when former Minister Sarah Courtney started an affair with the head of her own department which was critical to breaches of the Code of Conduct.
“The Premier announced on October 16 that he had stood Ms Courtney down over an affair with the head of her own department and, according to the Premier, his former Minister informed him of the circumstances two days prior,” Ms Siejka said.
“According to the Premier at the time, the relationship between Ms Courtney started “recently”. The fact is that’s not good enough and this conflict brings into question every decision Ms Courtney made since she became a Minister in March.
“The Ministerial code is clear in that when there is a personal conflict of interest it needs to be disclosed as soon as possible and promptly dealt with.
“It’s clear there has been a serious and clear breach of the Code – that fact cannot be disputed.
“The Premier cannot be allowed to sweep another scandal under the rug.
“He needs to give Ms Courtney her marching orders, find a new Primary Industries Minister and reshuffle his Cabinet now.”
Jo Siejka MLC
Labor Transparency Committee Chair