MPs get personal in fiery question time

Peter Gutwein

Peter Gutwein

Question time in State Parliament turned personal this morning, with questions fired about MPs fathers, businesses, holidays and offices.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein announced 16 government boards and committees will be scrapped in next week's state budget, and a further 18 will be reduced.

News that mining company Venture has halted its North-West operations dominated questions, with the government blaming Labor for an anti-development environment in Tasmania.

Venture yesterday said court appeals by environment group Save the Tarkine were a factor in its decision to suspend operations.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green asked Premier Will Hodgman why the government hadn't acted with urgency over third-party appeals and why court costs weren't pursued from Save the Tarkine coalition.

Mr Hodgman described the question as ''rank hypocrisy'' and asked Mr Green how he was finding the opposition offices.

Denison Greens MHA Cassy O'Connor asked Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff about a possible conflict of interest in his statements that medicinal cannabis would threaten the poppy industry, given he was a shareholder of a poppy business. 

Mr Rockliff denied a conflict, and said representatives from the poppy industry had indicated concerns before he made the comments.

Mr Green asked Mr Hodgman to confirm whether Braddon MHA Adam Brooks, who chairs the West Coast Economic Working Group, took a wrong turn on his way to Queenstown and ended up in Queensland on holiday while the area was in trouble.

Mr Hodgman stood by Mr Brooks, saying he supported workers on the West Coast.

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