Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor owes Tasmania Police an apology after making false claims in Parliament that brought their reputation into disrepute.
Shadow Police Minister Jen Butler said Ms O’Connor’s claims yesterday, that police had failed to investigate allegations that a protester’s car had been rammed in the Tarkine, were unparliamentary.
“As well as saying there had been no police investigation or follow-up, the Greens Leader claimed that pro-loggers are above the law,” Ms Butler said.
“In fact, police have not only investigated the matter, but laid charges against the alleged offender earlier this week.
“It is outrageous that someone who urges others to show respect and manners could so blatantly disrespect the Tasmanian police service.”
Shadow Resources Minister, Shane Broad, said Ms O’Connor’s comments were an outrageous slur.
“Our police officers walk a fine line with forestry protests, balancing people’s right to protest with the need to ensure safety and respect for the law,” Dr Broad said.
“To use parliamentary privilege to machine-gun reputations is not acceptable.
“The Leader of the Greens must immediately apologise for impugning the reputation of the state’s police force.”
Shadow Minister for Police
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