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Tasmanian Liberal candidate resigns, charged with weapons offences

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9News understands police found an illegal handgun and a fake license during raids at an address on Marine Parade in Redcliffe on Wednesday.

Tasmanian Liberal candidate Adam Brooks has been charged with weapons offences and will not take his seat in parliament.

Police allegedly found an illegal handgun and a fake driver's licence during raids at an address on Marine Parade in Redcliffe yesterday.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein today confirmed Mr Brooks, who was an endorsed Liberal candidate for the seat of Braddon, would resign.

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"Mr Brooks advised me that he is seeking legal advice and he intends to defend himself against these new charges," Mr Gutwein said.

"However, due to his state of health and the need to focus on his own personal circumstances, it is his intention not to take his seat in Parliament and to forward his resignation to the governor today."

Police today confirmed a 45-year-old Tasmanian man had been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of Category H weapon, unauthorised possession of explosives and dealing with identity documents.

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He is expected to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court on May 18.

Police said further charges are expected as investigations continue.

Mr Brooks previously served as the Member for Braddon from 2010-2019.

A two-year investigation cleared Mr Brooks of a conflict of interest over use of an email account linked to his mining software business while mining minister.

But he resigned in 2019 after the Integrity Commission found he misled Premier Will Hodgman and deleted emails partly because he thought they could be damaging.


Source: 9News

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