To break the news now, and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard clashed with Mark Latham earlier today – accusing the One Nation MP of being a bully after he used parliamentary privilege to accuse NSW Labor Whip Anna Watson of attempting to drive while intoxicated.
Watson denied attempting to return home intoxicated from the state legislature. She says she had been drinking to deal with a “personal crisis”, but called her husband and asked him to pick her up.
After Latham used an NSW Estimates hearing to ask health bureaucrats to release advice which led to Hazzard being classified as a casual contact (not a close contact) of a positive COVID case following At a national event in June 2021, Hazzard said Latham was “effectively intimidating” health workers into releasing private information “about someone who happens to be health minister”.
He added that Latham should not “ask questions that go beyond the reasonable scope” of the hearing.
Hazzard went on to say that Latham had ‘a history of bullying women’, referring to his comments during a budget estimates hearing yesterday in which he asked if there was a relative safety report to an incident involving Watson (who he claims was drunk in the NSW Bar of Parliament and later had to be prevented from leaving in his car).
“I think it was appalling watching what he did on TV last night,” Hazzard said, saying Watson was “a very hardworking Labor MP.”
“And it’s just appalling to see him back here today. He has a history of bullying. Monsignor, go back to 2003: he broke the arm of a taxi driver,” continued the minister.
“He has a history of inappropriate behavior. In his own book he called all his colleagues snakes, monsters, assholes and sewer rats,” Hazzard continued, before telling Latham: “You are not fit to be in Parliament.