Adam Brooks tendering his resignation was an obvious result.
He was never going to survive the repercussions of that fateful Estimates Committee hearing back in 2016.
Mr Brooks had denied using an email address for his company but later corrected the record.
An Integrity Commission report delivered late 2018 revealed he had failed to inform the Premier and the crown solicitor that he had deleted emails from the account.
The report said Mr Brooks was motivated by the political damage the company emails may have incurred.
The Integrity Commission report was drawn out process due to the personal circumstances of Mr Brooks.
This length of time was both a blessing and a curse for Team Liberals.
Firstly, the constant unknown as to whether Mr Brooks had a conflict of interest was a constant card Labor and Green could play at any time. It was the thorn in Will Hodgman’s side.
Secondly, Mr Brooks was a very popular member and continued to pull huge votes for his party.
Back in 2014, it was the combination of his votes and Jeremy Rockliff’s that handed the Liberals four seats for Braddon.
In 2018, while the investigation was continuing, Mr Brooks’ personal vote did drop, but it was still the second highest for Braddon (behind Mr Rockliff).
With parliament due back within a month, Mr Brooks was always going to be a distraction for the government.
Given 2018 was somewhat of a headache for the Hodgman Government – Brooks saga, Sarah Courtney’s admission, and the Cricket Australia abortion issue that filtered into politics – the resignation will offer some temporary relief for the Premier.
But a headache may return at the next election when the Liberals fight to hang onto the three seats without the massive vote of Mr Brooks.
As for Mr Brooks. He made a mistake. Hopefully, this mistake will not define him as a person and this space will allow him that personal time he needs to focus on his health.