Lawyers for a South Australian MP charged with assaulting another politician at a parliamentary Christmas party are seeking documents from the investigator who conducted an inquiry into the matter for the House Speaker.
- Sam Duluk is accused of slapping SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros on the backside
- The Member for Waite faces a maximum penalty of two years’ jail if found guilty
- The incident allegedly occurred at a parliamentary Christmas party last year
Former Liberal, now independent, MP Sam Duluk fronted the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the first time today charged with one count of basic assault.
He is accused of slapping SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros on the backside and making inappropriate comments to staffers at the event at Parliament House.
The Member for Waite faces a maximum penalty of two years’ jail and will be back before the court in December.
Marie Shaw QC, for Mr Duluk, told magistrate Alfio Grasso that she would like to seek documents from Paul Hocking of Quark & Associates, who conducted an independent investigation into Mr Duluk’s behaviour at the 2019 Christmas party.
“We are seeking, with consent, additional subpoenas for the production of documents,” she said.
“We simply ask Your Honour to grant permission to issue and serve the subpoena on the contact officer for Quark & Associates.”
Magistrate Grasso granted the request.
In January, Liberal MP and then-speaker Vincent Tarzia released a statement saying he had appointed an independent investigator with “considerable experience” undertaking confidential investigations dealing with complaints made within the public sector.
The next month, Premier Steven Marshall banished Mr Duluk from the Liberal party room, describing his position as “untenable”.
Following the alleged assault, Mr Duluk issued an apology on Twitter, saying he was “deeply sorry for any actions that have caused offence”.
Mr Duluk has relinquished the chairmanship of Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee and said he would seek professional help for his alcohol use.