The curious case of the former Tasmanian mining minister continuing to use an email account at his former mining company while being the minister has taken an interesting new turn.

Adam Brooks resigned in June over a perceived conflict of interest due to the email debacle, and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman announced that the Crown Solicitor would examine Brooks’ private server at his company, MSS, to see if Brooks’ claim that a filter was set up to block all non-personal emails was legit.

But yesterday the audit was all called off because Hodgman said that, in the course of the divorce proceedings between Brooks and his wife, his wife has objected to the audit being undertaken. Instead the government is simply reviewing the decisions Brooks made as mining minister, and will not let him come back to the ministry until the divorce proceedings are finalised and his financial interests in MSS are divested.

Tasmanian Labor is calling for Brooks to be referred to the Integrity Commission over the matter.

Peter Fray

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