Independent MLC for Murchison Ruth Forrest has announced she is pursuing a Code of Conduct complaint against Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding after she said she was "bullied" and "intimidated" by Mr Hidding at a Government function. Ms Forrest also said she is not ruling out going to the Police.
Mr Hidding says he rejects Ms Forrest's accusations and is also now seeking to take legal action
Ms Forrest spoke to Louise Saunders on ABC Hobart Drive - Thursday 6 October, 2016
I have taken legal advice in relation to an incident at an evening social event at Parliament House on 20th September 2016.
The decision I have taken reflects my commitment to speak out against any act of intimidation, bullying and/or violence, particularly when women are the target. I support the view of the Australian of the Year, David Morrison, that the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. I believe all behaviour within the Parliament and outside the Parliament needs to reflect this standard. Robust debate is important and necessary and can be undertaken in a respectful manner without the need to resort to such behaviour.