Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



5 May 2016

Adam Brooks, Minister for Mining

Labor smear and innuendo

Labor Leader Bryan Green has a pathological dislike for anyone who succeeds in business.

This is why, while in Government with the Greens, Bryan Green destroyed business confidence, wrecked the forestry industry and attacked the mining industry.

Mr Green has produced not a single shred of evidence to support his claims. It’s just smear and innuendo.

As the Premier announced on February 18 this year, I have resigned all my relevant directorships, I have commenced the process of divestment and, in the meantime, a six-point protocol developed in consultation with the Solicitor-General has been implemented to ensure the highest levels of propriety.

It might surprise Mr Green, but you can’t simply divest a company that supports more than 100 families overnight.

All this is on the public record.

In addition, prior to handing over management of the company to an independent agent, I can confirm Maintenance System Solutions (MSS) was not doing any business with mining companies in Tasmania.

Prior to resigning my role as director, I renewed the direction already given to MSS that it not undertake any activities associated with mining companies in Tasmania.

In relation to the trade mission, again Mr Green’s claims are wrong.

As ASIC records clearly show I became a director of MSS on July 22, 2015 – three months after the trade mission.

On becoming Minister, I resigned my directorship as is required under the Ministerial Code of Conduct.

It’s very easy to make allegations without any evidence; you would have thought someone who was twice found not innocent by a court would think twice before making such baseless claims.



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