Elise Archer denies abuse of Speaker Sue Hickey

Elise Archer and Jane Howlett at parliament.
Elise Archer and Jane Howlett at parliament.

Attorney-General Elise Archer has denied she called new Speaker of the House of Assembly Sue Hickey a “treacherous b--ch”.

Ms Archer was quizzed by media on Wednesday after welcoming the new member for Prosser, Liberal Jane Howlett.

“I didn’t call anyone that terminology,” she said.

“I think that has been distorted.

“I’m not going to provide a running commentary but that is a misquote.”

Ms Archer admitted that after the shock election of Ms Hickey as Speaker emotions were “high” for a lot of people.

“A number of people, probably out of shock, would have made similar comments but I’m not going to provide a running commentary,” she said.

“It is interesting that words can be distorted and that’s why I’m not going to provide a running commentary.”

Ms Archer, who was Tasmania’s first female Speaker of the House of Assembly, rejected suggestions Ms Hickey was a “liability” to the government.

“She’s not a liability,” Ms Archer said.

“Sue has come out and said that she wants to see our government agenda pursued and fulfilled as much as we do.

“As Sue said herself instead of Speaker A we got Speaker B and we still have a Liberal Speaker.”

Ms Archer said she looked forward to working with Ms Hickey and the Legislative Council on legislation in her area, including mandatory sentencing.

Ms Hickey and Ms Archer have clashed in the past over Liberal preselection in Denison.

They had a public spat at the Taste of Tasmania event in Hobart in 2009.

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