Statement on Adam Brooks

Peter Gutwein,Premier

Last night just after 7pm I spoke with Adam Brooks by phone.

Mr Brooks advised me that he is interstate where he is being supported and undertaking treatment for his own mental health.

He explained to me that he is currently very unwell but in a safe environment.

Last night in that conversation he also provided me with new information regarding his circumstances.

He told me that he left Tasmania on Wednesday to take a break and seek treatment in Queensland.

Last night he also informed me that yesterday he was visited by the Queensland police and subsequently charged with firearms offences and also in relation to a matter relating to a document, and that he has been bailed to appear in court.

Mr Brooks advised me that he is seeking legal advice and intends to defend himself against these new charges, 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 the Parliament and to forward his resignation to the Governor today.

I have agreed with him that this is the only appropriate course of action under the circumstances.

I understand that there will now be a recount for this vacant seat in Braddon which I fully expect will result in another Liberal member being elected.

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