Australia Tasmanian Liberal Adam Brooks won't take seat in Parliament
Allegations Tasmanian Liberal candidate Adam Brooks used a fake driver's licence being referred to police
Adam Brooks claims he is the subject of a smear campaign, as Victoria's Transport Department says it will refer an allegation that the Liberal candidate used a fake driver's licence to Tasmania Police.The department confirmed it was investigating the claim on Friday, after the ABC reported a Sydney woman had alleged Mr Brooks showed her what appeared to be a VicRoads licence, to convince her he was actually named Terry.
Controversial Liberal candidate Adam Brooks will not take his seat in the Tasmanian Parliament.
Premier Peter Gutwein has announced Mr Brooks, who was elected to the north-west seat of Braddon, will resign today after being charged by Queensland police with firearms offences.
At a press conference today, Mr Gutwein said Mr Brooks was "very unwell and seeking treatment".
The successful candidates in the May 1 state election are being formally declared this morning.
Mr Brooks was elected to the fifth seat in Braddon at the state election, receiving just over 6,000 first preference votes.
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Tasmanian Liberal Leader Peter Gutwein faces media for the first time since the state election to address questions about the allegations Liberal candidate Adam Brooks misled two women on dating apps.Speaking in Launceston, Mr Gutwein reiterated that the former minister had emphatically denied the claims.
It means former MP Felix Ellis would be expected to win a recount for the seat.
Mr Brooks was first elected to Tasmania's parliament in 2010, and was promoted into cabinet in 2016 before being sent to the backbench soon after for misleading a Parliamentary Estimates Committee over the use of a private email account related to his business, Maintenance System Solutions.
He later corrected the record.
Mr Brooks ran for state parliament again in 2018 and was re-elected, drawing almost an entire quota of first preference votes.
Later that year his use of the Maintenance System Solutions company email account was investigated by the Integrity Commission, which cleared him of misusing information related to his portfolio or breaching the ministerial code of conduct.
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However, Mr Brooks was found to have breached a protocol established by the former premier by maintaining an involvement in Maintenance System Solutions, and that he had failed to "accurately inform" Will Hodgman about his work with the business.
He was also found to have "double deleted" relevant emails — partly out of personal issues, but also out of political concern, the Integrity Commission found.
After a period of sick leave, Mr Brooks resigned and has always maintained he did nothing wrong and no further action was taken.
Mr Brooks was elected Treasurer of the Liberal Party at its annual conference in December, and has previously been a significant donor to the Liberals, giving $50,000 in 2017-18.
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Tas MP faces Qld court on weapon charges .
A former Tasmanian politician has appeared in a Queensland court on charges of possessing a handgun, unauthorised explosives and false driver's licences.The former politician and keen target shooter appeared in Redcliffe Magistrates Court on Tuesday after being arrested on weapon and fraud charges last week.