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Brooks case no conflict: Tas premier

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016 By Andrew Drummond

Premier Will Hodgman has again sought to reassure Tasmanians there is nothing to worry about in the case of his former mining minister, who faces conflict of interest allegations.

Adam Brooks resigned from his ministry on June 13, with the crown solicitor ordered to audit an email account linked to his mining-sector business.

But Mr Brooks' estranged wife has objected to the audit of personal emails which has caused an indefinite delay, in a move described as regrettable by Mr Hodgman.

"An audit ... which I was advised could and should only take a matter of weeks has become unduly complicated by very sensitive legal proceedings on foot, relating to Mr Brooks' divorce proceedings and also divestment processes," the premier told parliament on Wednesday.

"The fact that we have undertaken an assessment of the decisions made by minister Brooks and confirmed that they were all made on departmental advice is significant and should assure Tasmanians there was nothing improper here and he's resigned."

But the Labor opposition want the matter referred to the Integrity Commission.

"The stench of a conflict of interest remains," Opposition Leader Bryan Green said.

Mr Hodgman has ruled out Mr Brooks' return to cabinet until the matters are finalised.

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