Bryan Alexander Green (born 30 June 1957, Wollongong) is a Tasmanian Labor politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Braddon. In July 2006 he was forced to step down as Deputy Premier and Minister for Economic Development and Resources pending an enquiry into deal made with the TCC. (See "TCC Scandal", below)
Green was appointed to the Ministerial portfolio of Primary Industries, Water and Environment in 2002. Following a reshuffle precipitated by the resignation of Premier Jim Bacon due to ill-health, Green was promoted to Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources in 2004.
In his role as Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Green was responsible for obtaining Parliamentary support for construction of the Meander Dam, a major water project that was opposed by conservationists. As Transport Minister he proposed lowering the states speed limits on rural roads from 100 km/h to 90 km/h, a proposition that was met with somewhat of a backlash. Green later was appointed as the chairman of the Tasmanian Road Safety Council. He was the key negotiator with freight rail company Pacific National, which in September 2005 threatened to 'pull out' of intermodal operations in the State, forcing all containerised and coal rail freight onto the road. While Green initially showed little sign of weakness stating 'Tasmania will not be held at mercy to profitable companies' he later backed down and agreed to a $120 million rescue package ($80 million funded by the Australian federal government) to the company.
Other political achievements included restructuring Tasmania's four port companies into a single entity, supporting a wide ranging review into public passenger transport services, and increasing transparency in the forestry sector through changes to Freedom of Information laws and supporting the role of the Forest Practices Authority. There was previously speculation, mostly by the opposition, that Green has strong leadership ambitions to become a future Premier of Tasmania.
Green was re-elected at the 2006 election, receiving 24.4% of first preferences, an increase compared to his previous vote of 17.0% at the 2002 election.
On 14 July 2006 Green resigned from all leadership and frontbench positions following an enquiry by Auditor-General Mike Blake. The enquiry examined Green's 15 February deal with Tasmanian Compliance Corporation.
The suspect deal promised the TCC company, part-owned by two former Labor ministers (John White and Glen Milliner), a three-year exclusive business monopoly from the Government or $2.5 million compensation.
The resignation was sought by Premier Paul Lennon, who called in the Director of Public Prosecutions to decide whether Green broke the law in signing the secret deal. Mr Lennon made the decision after discussions with the Solicitor-General, Bill Bale, who advised that the DPP should consider whether the deal breached the criminal code. The offence carries a jail term of up to 21 years.
On 25 October 2006, Green appeared in court in relation to this matter charged with conspiracy and attempting to interfere with an executive officer and was represented by Stephen Estcourt. One of Green's advisers, Guy Nicholson, was also charged with conspiracy. TCC director John White was originally charged on both counts. All conspiracy charges were later dropped by the DPP. White pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to interfere with an executive officer, however no conviction was recorded.
- "Tas deputy premier on drink-driving charge". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 June 2011.
- News report on TCC scandal
- "Former Tas ministers face court on conspiracy charges", ABC News, October 25, 2006.
- Green to face retrial, ABC News, December 13, 2007
- Former deputy premier goes from court to Parliament, ABC Local Radio, March 13, 2008
- Brown, Damien (24 January 2011). "Giddings is new Tas Premier". The Mercury. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
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