In a blistering turn of events, newly-elected Liberal Party member for Braddon Adam Brooks has resigned just hours after the declaration of the polls. The sequence of events appears to be: Wednesday night – Queensland Police raid in Redcliffe, an outer northern suburb of Brisbane. Thursday 3pm – final distribution of votes in Braddon, in […]
In a blistering turn of events, newly-elected Liberal Party member for Braddon Adam Brooks has resigned just hours after the declaration of the polls.
The sequence of events appears to be:
Wednesday night – Queensland Police raid in Redcliffe, an outer northern suburb of Brisbane.
Thursday 3pm – final distribution of votes in Braddon, in which Brooks is fifth elected.
7pm – Adam Brooks notifies Peter Gutwein of intention not to take up a seat in the new parliament
Friday morning – Premier Gutwein announces the news of Adam Brooks decision
Media release – Queensland Police, 14 May 2021 10:54am
Weapons offences, Redcliffe
Detectives from Moreton District have charged a 45-year-old Tasmanian man following investigations into alleged weapons offences.
Information provided to police last week resulted in the execution of a search warrant on a Marine Parade address in Redcliffe on Wednesday night where it will be alleged a handgun and false driver’s licences were seized.
The 45-year-old man has been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of Category H weapon, unauthorised possession of explosives and dealing with identity documents.
He is expected to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 18.
Investigations are continuing with further charges expected.
ABC: Tasmanian Liberal Adam Brooks charged by police over firearms offences, resigns from Parliament
by Alexandra Humphries
Controversial Liberal candidate Adam Brooks will not take his seat in the Tasmanian Parliament and has been charged by Queensland police with being in possession of a handgun, unauthorised explosives and false driver’s licences.
Premier Peter Gutwein made the announcement shortly before the polls were due to be declared following the May 1 state election.
Mr Gutwein said he spoke with Mr Brooks on Thursday evening, when Mr Brooks disclosed he had flown to Queensland and was seeking treatment for his mental health.
“Last night he also informed me that yesterday he was visited by Queensland police and he has subsequently been charged with a firearms offence and also in relation to a matter relating to a document,” Mr Gutwein said.
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Transcript of media conference with Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor, Bellerive, 14 May 2021.
The Premier’s announcement today of Adam Brooks’s resignation on the day that he would have effectively been elected raises a number of questions. When did Mr. Gutwein know that there were police charges pending? Why did it take until the day that Mr. Brooks was due to be elected for his resignation to be announced? And if I was a voter in Braddon, I’d be asking these questions, but I’d also have a feeling that the Liberal government has treated your vote with contempt. The Liberal Party made a decision to pre-select Adam Brooks/ The Premier has stood by him every step of the way, despite serious allegations being made about Mr. Brooks, and then the day that the polls are declared, we discovered that Mr. Brooks has resigned. There’s a whole lot of questions here that Mr. Gutwein needs to answer.
Journalist – Judy Augustine
Were the red flags there and could this mess have been avoided?
The red flags were absolutely there because during the campaign, we heard that Mr. Brooks was under investigation for ammunition storage offences. And then we learned that there were at least two women who claimed they’d been catfished by Mr. Brooks using a false identity. So the red flags were there from the beginning, and yet Mr. Gutwein stood by Mr. Brooks until all those votes had come in in Braddon. And then the day the polls are declared, we learned that Mr. Brooks is resigning. This raises huge questions.
Journalist – David Killick
Has the government effectively achieved its majority based on a lie through a vote-harvesting exercise using Brooks as a front man?
You could certainly form the view that Mr. Gutwein has scraped in with a narrow majority on the back of Mr. Brooks’s votes. And you could form the view that it was very convenient for the Liberals to ignore Mr. Brooks’s transgressions and his character failings throughout the campaign until the day that the polls that are declared and the final votes have been counted. It stinks. It’s dodgy, and Mr. Gutwein owes the people of Tasmania a proper explanation rather than once again, trying to hide behind a mental health issue. There is the mental health to consider of the women who’ve come forward who say they were misled by Mr. Brooks, under the alias Terry. This is very serious. We have now a whole election result, on the day that the polls are being declared, being brought into question because one of the highest vote-getters in Braddon has resigned on the day that the polls have been declared despite the fact the Liberal Party knew he was a questionable candidate from the very beginning.
Journalist – Will
Is a recount a fair way to decide Braddon now given what you think is a pretty cynical exercise by the government.
Well, we’re in a Hare-Clark system, so the way that the Mr. Brooks’s replacement will be determined is through a Hare-Clark recount, and we certainly will always support Hare- Clark and the way it rolls out as a fair, democratic system. But the unfairness here is in letting the people of Braddon believe that Mr. Brooks was a legitimate candidate. There are now very serious questions to answer about whether or not he was ever considered a legitimate candidate by the Liberal Party.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/adam-brooks-resigns/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=adam-brooks-resigns