Tasmanian Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking storm

Angela WilliamsonHealth Minister Michael Ferguson is facing pressure to step down from his position after allegations from sacked Cricket Tasmania worker Angela Williamson thathe disclosed personal medical information to her former employer.

Ms Williamson was fired from her government relations role with the cricketing organisation following a series of tweets about the state’s lacking abortion services.

She had earlier this year been forced to fly to Melbourne to have an abortion.

Cricket Tasmania decided in June her position with them was untenable and the tweets had contravened its social media policy

In an interview with Fairfax Media, Ms Williamson said she did not disclose to Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cumminsshe had recently had an abortion but his knowledge of thiswas revealed to her before she lost her job.

“During this process, I was told that my personal story, including that I had a termination was disclosed by the Health Minister,” she said.

“I don’t think it matters whether the minister assumed or not that Cricket Tasmania knew, I don’t think it’s up to the minister to disclose my personal medical history.

“While my focus is resolving this through the Fair Work Commission, I am considering how to address the alleged government involvement.”

Mr Ferguson denied disclosing any of Ms Williamson’sprivate medical history that was not already on the public record.

“Any suggestion that the government has disclosed private information, not on the public record, to either Cricket Australia or Cricket Tasmania is false,” he said.

Labor health spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said there needed to be a full and independent investigation into the role government ministers and staff played in Ms Williamson’s sacking.

“If Michael Ferguson revealed personal health information about Ms Williamson to her employer, he might have broken the law,” she said.

“If that is the case, losing his job as Health Minister will be the least of his worries.

“If these reports are verified, Michael Ferguson must be sacked.”

The Examiner

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