Bryan Green

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The Honourable
Bryan Green
MP
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
In office
24 January 2011 – 31 March 2014
Premier Lara Giddings
Preceded by Lara Giddings
Succeeded by Jeremy Rockliff
Constituency Lyons
In office
5 April 2006 – 15 July 2006
Premier Paul Lennon
Preceded by David Llewellyn
Succeeded by Steve Kons
Personal details
Born (1957-06-30) 30 June 1957 (age 57)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

Bryan Alexander Green (born 30 June 1957, Wollongong) is the leader of the parliamentary Labor Party in Tasmania. He attended Burnie High School and Burnie Technical College, and has been a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Braddon since 1998. 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)

Political Career[edit]

Green was first elected to the Tasmanian parliament at the 1998 election. He 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.

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.[1] 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 by supporting the role of the Forest Practices Authority. There has long been speculation, mostly arising from the Opposition, that Green has a strong ambition to become Premier.

Following David Bartlett's resignation as Premier in 2011, Green once again became Deputy Premier.[2]

In March 2014, following the resignation of Lara Giddings, he was elected Labor leader in Tasmania after gaining unanimous support from colleagues.[3]

As Green was Giddings' deputy prior to his elevation as leader, this marked the fourth time in a row that the Tasmanian ALP leader has been succeeded by his or her deputy.

TCC Scandal[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Green faced trial in December 2007 which ended in a hung jury. A 2008 retrial also ended in a hung jury, with the DPP subsequently dropping the charges.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tas deputy premier on drink-driving charge". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Brown, Damien (24 January 2011). "Giddings is new Tas Premier". The Mercury. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bryan Green takes on Tasmanian Labor leadership after Lara Giddings resigns". ABC News. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ News report on TCC scandal
  5. ^ "Former Tas ministers face court on conspiracy charges", ABC News, October 25, 2006.
  6. ^ Green to face retrial, ABC News, December 13, 2007
  7. ^ Former deputy premier goes from court to Parliament, ABC Local Radio, March 13, 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Llewellyn
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
2006
Succeeded by
Steve Kons
Preceded by
Lara Giddings
Deputy Premier of Tasmania
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Jeremy Rockliff
Preceded by
Will Hodgman
Leader of the Opposition (Tasmania)
2014–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lara Giddings
Leader of the Labor Party in Tasmania
2014–present
Incumbent