PREMIER David Bartlett owned up to having smoked dope yesterday, eight
days after The Advocate first asked the question.
Mr Bartlett's simple "yes" admission followed his rival party leaders
- - Liberal Will Hodgman and Green Nick McKim - owning up to past
cannabis use in a story in The Advocate yesterday.
Tony McCall, from the UTAS School of Government, said yesterday's
story showed Mr Bartlett's "zeal for reform and transparency doesn't
appear to extend to his personal habits".
"So be it, but Extending Trust in Democracy should include a simple
answer to a simple question," Mr McCall said.
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PREMIER David Bartlett is the only Tasmanian political leader who will
not say if he has ever smoked cannabis.
Liberal Leader Will Hodgman and Greens Leader Nick McKim both owned up
to The Advocate last week, following a revelation from newly appointed
New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees that he smoked marijuana as a young man.
Mr Bartlett ducked the question.
After two days spent pursuing his minders, Mr Bartlett's only response
to a series of drug-related questions was a brief statement answering
one relating to the Youth Parliament's discussion of legalising cannabis.
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