Angela Williamson case prompts Labor to refer Michael Ferguson to Tasmania Police

Ella Haddad MP

Ella Haddad MP

Labor will refer Health Minister Michael Ferguson to Tasmania Police over allegations he disclosed private medical information in the sacking of Angela Williamson by Cricket Australia.

Labor’s legal spokeswoman Ella Haddad said it was appropriate that a request be sent to police to make inquiries.

“Let the police investigate and establish some surety around whether or not the Minister has broken the law,” Ms Haddad said.

“This has become a national and international concern now and what we know is there are enough question marks hanging over the potential involvement of Mr Ferguson to warrant a full investigation and that’s why today I will be referring the matter to Tasmania Police for a full investigation to take place.”

Ms Haddad said Labor’s legal advice showed Mr Ferguson may have broken the law.

“There is serious potential that Michael Ferguson has broken the law under the Personal Information Protection Act or possibly another Act by disclosing private medical information in relation to Angela Williamson who was dismissed from Cricket Australia,” she said.

Ms Haddad said Ms Williamson herself has alleged it was Mr Ferguson who revealed her personal medical information to her former employer.

She said Mr Ferguson had refused to confirm or deny the allegation and Premier Will Hodgman had refused to act.

“It’s not good enough that Premier Hodgman claims no further investigation is needed because – ridiculously – he has investigated both himself and Michael Ferguson and come to the conclusion that they did nothing wrong,” Ms Haddad said.

“The truth needs to be exposed and, given Premier Hodgman’s arrogant refusal to act, it appears this is the only way that is going to happen.”

Mr Hodgman said Labor’s attempt to politicise the matter was “very disturbing.”

“After a number of unsuccessful stunts, the Labor Party is now attempting to waste police time in a politically motivated witch hunt,” Mr Hodgman said.

“The government has made it very clear - no member has sought to pressure, complain or seek action from Cricket Australia or Cricket Tasmania on anything Ms Williamson has published or said publicly.

“Any suggestion that the government has disclosed private information, not on the public record, to either Cricket Australia or Cricket Tasmania is also false.”

Political scientist Professor Richard Herr said he believed the matter should be dealt with in the Fair Work Commission before any other investigation.

“Both political parties have a history of referring matters to police and the police really shouldn’t be dragged into these sort of issues,” Professor Herr said.

“Referring it to the Integrity Commission is an option.”

Ms Williamson was sacked by Cricket Australia for being critical on Twitter of the government’s lack of abortion services.

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