Tasmanian Liberal Adam Brooks resigns after damning Integrity Commission report
Disgraced former Tasmanian mining minister Adam Brooks has resigned from Parliament, the State Government has confirmed.
The member for Braddon’s decision to quit politics comes just months after a damning Integrity Commission report found he repeatedly lied about the use of his mining services company email, after misleading Budget Estimates in 2016.
The commission found Mr Brooks “double-deleted” emails from his Maintenance Systems Solutions business email account because they could have been politically damaging, and did not inform Premier Will Hodgman.
Mr Brooks had been on leave from Parliament in its final weeks last year due to health reasons, and Parliament is not due to resume until next month.
Former Liberal MP Joan Rylah, who lost her seat at last year’s state election, is next in line to replace Mr Brooks.
Political analyst Kevin Bonham said Mr Brooks’ resignation wasn’t a surprise, as there had been “rumours that it would happen”.
“Not a great surprise because Brooks’ path back to a ministry was clearly blocked, and there were rumours that he might go at some stage, for a long time,” Mr Bonham said.
Mr Bonham said the next two potential candidates based on a re-count would be Ms Rylah and Felix Ellis.
Ms Rylah has confirmed she intends to nominate to fill the seat.
Mr Brooks received just over 10,000 first-preference votes at the election, with Ms Rylah receiving 3,436.
“They [the Electoral Commission] just do a re-count of those votes and making sure they have the right quota of votes,” Mr Bonham said.
“The primary vote doesn’t tell us anything because it’s based on the preferences of the people who got elected, but Joan Rylah was quite close to obtaining a seat in the battle with [Housing Minister] Roger Jaensch, and Felix Ellis was a respectable vote for a first attempt but he was nowhere near Joan Rylah’s vote,” he said.
Mr Brooks donated $50,000 to the Tasmanian Liberal Party in the 2017-18 financial year.
He did not immediately answer calls.