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Beattie re-hires sacked media advisor

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 10 March 2004


In a bizarre twist, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has reinstated the media adviser who was sacked for taking a bottle of wine into an Aboriginal community.

Teresa Mullan had originally taken sole blame for the breach, but later claimed everybody on the Government jet, including Indigenous Policy Minister Liddy Clark, also knew about the wine.

The Premier refused to believe that but says he now accepts that two other people on the plane also knew.

Mr Beattie has now given Ms Mullan a job in his department.

"I think this matter could have been handled better," Mr Beattie said.

"It could have been handled better by a lot of people, including me, I accept responsibility, full responsibility, for what's happened here.

"I accept that my Scottish ancestry and the Presbyterian part of it does from time to time have very strong views about alcohol."

The Premier says he still believes that the Minister did not know about the wine.


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