The 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 family violence order.
Adam Richard Brooks appeared before the Burnie Magistrates Court via telephone from Queensland to oppose the application.
He denied all allegations through lawyer Anthony Mihal, but Magistrate Tamara Jago left the existing interim order in place until mediation on October 20.
Mr Brooks’ former partner appeared in court and expressed surprise that the former Tasmanian Liberal state election candidate was opposing the order.
She told the court she had not received his affidavit after his lawyer said it had been left in her home’s letterbox yesterday.
In court, the woman accused Mr Brooks of stalking and intimidation, and said she had given police footage of him entering her home, including her bedroom, while she was at work.
She also alleged he had monitored 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 continued to come into my house … even after he moved to Brisbane.
“This only stopped when bail conditions were imposed in Queensland. My fear is he will, under the legislation, continue to stalk and harass me if he comes back to Tasmania.”
Speaking on behalf of Mr Brooks, Mr Mihal said: “The respondent denies any wrongdoing whatsoever, and the allegations are very much in dispute.”
Mr Brooks sat in Tasmanian Parliament from 2010 to 2019 and was a government minister.
He was preselected to again run for Braddon for the Tasmanian Liberals in the March state election.
The Liberals and Premier Peter Gutwein stood by Mr Brooks until he resigned his seat the morning he was officially declared elected.
Asked about the interim family violence order after it was first granted in August, and whether the Liberal Party was reviewing its vetting processes, State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson described the events as “historical matters”.
The Burnie Magistrates Court heard that Tasmania Police would work with Queensland Police to serve the family violence order after previous attempts had been unsuccessful.
“He’s a busy person, he’s not sitting around at home waiting to be served an order,” Mr Mihal said.Internet Explorer Channel Network