In Brief

May 22, 2015
Kim Booth.

Tasmanian Greens leader Kim Booth quits parliament

Kim Booth has announced he is stepping down as Tasmanian Greens leader and resigning from State Parliament, effective immediately. His seat will be filled on countback by another Greens candidate.

He cited family reasons and the need for renewal in the Greens as the reasons for his shock resignation.

He said the campaigns he was most proud of in his time in parliament were standing up against corruption, holding the government to account, working with the community against Gunns’ proposed toxic pulp mill in the Tamar Valley and campaigning against native forest wood chipping.

Scott McIntyre sues SBS for discrimination

Sacked journalist Scott McIntyre is suing SBS for discrimination after it dismissed him for expressing his personal views about Anzac Day on Twitter.

He has lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission claiming the tweets represented his political opinion, for which he should not have been sacked.

His lawyer said in a statement: "The Fair Work Act protects employees from adverse action by their employer (including sacking) if they express a political opinion. It is alleged SBS took action without a proper investigation and consideration of all relevant issues.”

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