Premier Will Hodgman said the resignation of Braddon MHA Adam Brooks on Monday was a significant loss to the Liberals team and wished him the best in the future.
“It’s true to say that Adam’s career, like everyone else’s, has never been perfect and he’s made mistakes.
“He’s acknowledged that and he’s been very public in apologising and he’s made some decisions and done things that haven’t always sat well with me and his government colleagues.
“Most notably I refer of course to matters investigated by the Integrity Commission.
“But Adam has also paid a significant price for these political errors. It cost him the ministry and he was of course subject to a lengthy inquiry process, all of which has its personal toll.”
“There’s no doubt that I think he’ll be remembered fondly by the people of the North-West Coast.
“Whoever is successful at taking his seat will have very big shoes to fill but will continue that same thing of giving representation for Braddon.”
Labor leader Rebecca White said she wished Mr Brooks all the best with whatever he wished to do next.
“He and I didn’t see eye to eye on many things but we were both elected at the same time in 2010 and worked together on a number of committees and I know he is very passionate about the North-West Coast of Tasmania,” Ms White said.
Ms White said the Integrity Commission report was damning of Mr Brooks and his behaviour in parliament.
“He did mislead the parliament and that was two years ago. It has taken him a long time do to the honourable thing, really, and resign.”
Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said Mr Brooks still have plenty to contribute to his community and wished him well on his recovery.
“It’s fair to say Mr Brooks’ contribution in parliament has been mixed,” Ms O’Connor said.
“Adam Brooks spoke up for his Braddon constituency and loyally defended his Liberal colleagues, but his constant attacks on the Greens and the wider conservation movement will not be missed.
“On a personal level outside the chamber, I always found Mr Brooks to be affable, likeable and good humoured.
“I hope Mr Brooks recovers well and is soon able to invest his considerable energies into something positive, about which he’s passionate and that brings him happiness.”