Labor pushes premier to meet ‘clear obligation’ over Angela Williamson sacking

CLEAR: Labor Leader Rebecca White has called for a full inquiry into the Liberal government’s involvement in the sacking of Cricket Tasmania worker Angela Williamson. Picture: Paul Scambler
CLEAR: Labor Leader Rebecca White has called for a full inquiry into the Liberal government’s involvement in the sacking of Cricket Tasmania worker Angela Williamson. Picture: Paul Scambler

Labor is calling for an independent inquiry into the Liberal government’s involvement in the sacking of Cricket Tasmania worker Angela Williamson. 

Labor Leader Rebecca White said Premier Will Hodgman had a “clear obligation” to investigate the matter.

It comes after allegations Health Minister Michael Ferguson disclosed details of Ms Williamson’s personal medical information. 

“If this allegation is found to be true, then the premier needs to sack Michael Ferguson,” she said.

“You can’t have a situation where the health minister is sharing private medical information about somebody, that then leads to them being sacked.”

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Ms Williamson was fired from her government relations role in June, following a series of tweets about Tasmania’s lack of abortion services. 

A Liberal government spokesman said any suggestion the government disclosed private information not on the public record, to either Cricket Australia or Cricket Tasmania, was false.

“No member of the Tasmanian government has sought to pressure, complain or seek action from Cricket Australia or Cricket Tasmania on anything Ms Williamson has published or said publicly,” the spokesman said. 

Meanwhile Ms White said parallels could be drawn between the government’s draft social media policy, released by the State Service Management Office, and Ms Williamson’s case. 

“It is very concerning that Premier Will Hodgman is now trying to control what public sector workers can say, at the same time serious allegations have been made about the government’s role in the cricket Australia sacking scandal,” she said. 

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