Ex-partner of former Tasmanian Liberal politician Adam Brooks has accused him of entering her home without her permission, as part of a request for a domestic violence order.
- The former partner of the Liberal candidate Adam Brooks has requested a domestic violence order against him.
- The court heard she continues to fear he will harass and prosecute her
- Brooks has denied any wrongdoing
Adam Richard Brooks appeared before Burnie Magistrates Court by telephone from Queensland to oppose the application.
He denied all charges through attorney Anthony Mihal, but Judge Tamara Jago granted an extension of the existing interim injunction until mediation on Oct. 20.
Brooks’ former partner appeared in court and expressed surprise that the former Tasmanian liberal state candidate was against the order.
She told the court she had not received his statement after his lawyer said it had been left in her home mailbox yesterday.
In court, the woman accused Mr Brooks of persecution and intimidation, saying she had given police footage of him entering her home, including her bedroom, while she was at work.
She also claimed he had been monitoring her from a lookout near her house.
“The last time Mr Brooks was in my home with my knowledge was 10 months ago,” she told the court.
“He kept coming into my house … even after he moved to Brisbane.
On behalf of Brooks, Mr Mihal said: “Defendants deny any wrongdoing and the prosecutors strongly disagree.”
Brooks sat in the Tasmanian parliament from 2010 to 2019 and was prime minister.
He was pre-elected to run again for Braddon for the Tasmanian Liberals in the March general election.
The Liberals and Prime Minister Peter Gutwein stood by Mr Brooks until he resigned his seat the morning he was officially declared elected.
Asked about the temporary order for domestic violence, after it was first issued in August, and whether the Liberal Party underwent its review processes, State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson described the events as “historic issues”.
Burnie Magistrates Court heard that Tasmania’s police would work with Queensland Police to serve the family’s order of violence after previous attempts had been unsuccessful.
“He’s a busy person, he’s not sitting at home waiting for an order to be served,” Mihal said.