THE fate of Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth will be decided this month when the findings of an investigation into his conduct is tabled in the state Parliament.
The privileges committee met again on Thursday to decide what action, if any, it would recommend be taken against him.
In July the committee was asked to investigate how a transcript from a closed hearing - that Mr Booth chaired - was posted online.
The leaked information revealed that Gunns and Forestry Tasmania were at loggerheads over a $15 million pulpwood deal.
The Examiner understands that a report on the committee's investigation and findings is being finalised and will be tabled in the House of Assembly during an October sitting.
Mr Booth said yesterday that he was unable to comment on the matter. "It's up to the privileges committee to look at the matter and make a determination," he said. The transcript was removed after Mr Booth contacted the clerk of the committee on Scottsdale sawmills.
At the time, he apologised for the leak and blamed parliamentary staff for the mistake.
Forestry Tasmania yesterday published its response to Gunns allegations on its website.
Managing director Bob Gordon said that when the allegations were aired, it caused the state-owned business considerable discomfort. "Previously, we have not had the opportunity to refute the allegations. But we are now hopeful the documents, released in response to a right to information request by Peter Gutwein, will enable the two companies to put the matter behind them."
The privileges committee, chaired by Speaker Michael Polley, can recommend the suspension of politicians, recommend an apology or even impose a jail term.
It is believed to be the first time in more than 30 years in which a matter has been referred to the committee, which was formed in the 1850s.
Greens leader Nick McKim, Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne and Liberal MHAs Elise Archer and Matthew Groom also sit on the privileges committee.