Parliament shuttered before considering Distillery matter

AT the end of less than edifying day in state parliament today, the State Government brought a sudden end to the proceedings without completing much of the day’s agenda and parliamentarians are not likely to assemble again until March. A proposed motion for an inquiry relating to the New Norfolk Distillery was left lying on the table.

Held for the express purpose of considering a course of action in relation to Supreme Court justice Gregory Geason who is facing charges in the Magistrate’s Court, it was decided not to take any action to suspend Mr Geason and instead to accept his undertaking not to work as a judge until the court proceedings against him were resolved.

Late in the day, acting premier Michael Ferguson said the government intended to see the day’s business of the House of Assembly completed. This included Question Time, deferred from its usual morning slot, a condolence motion following the death of the highly-regarded former MP Fran Bladel, and other matters including Labor’s motion for an inquiry into the handling of a proposed (but not taken up) $1.2 million grant to the New Norfolk Distillery.

An hour later, the leader of government business in the House, Felix Ellis, brought on the adjournment of debate for the day and the year, with most of the items of business remaining unheard. The Labor and Green oppositions described the adjournment as a scandal and the government accused Labor of “cheap political stunts.”

Speaking on the adjournment, Lyons Labor MHA Jen Butler was able to table the Public Works Committee’s report on in its inquiry into the new Bridgewater Police Station at 20-22 Greenpoint Rd, Bridgewater.

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One Comment

  1. I am still reeling from what happened in parliament yesterday, not only were the Labor party duped so were the people of New Norfolk. So many questions left unanswered probably forever !!!

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