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Man charged with rural Tasmanian murder


A 47-year-old man is accused of murder after a former parliamentary driver was found dead at his rural home in northern Tasmania.

The body of 70-year-old Michael Hawkes was discovered at a Reedy Marsh property on Tuesday evening.

Robert Gerard appeared briefly in Launceston Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon after he was charged earlier in the day following a 24-hour search.

He was remanded in custody and will return to court on January 27.

Mr Hawkes had worked as a driver for former Labor MP and current Burnie mayor Steve Kons for about five years during his time in state politics in the early 2000s.

“We used to talk politics a fair bit. He was on the road for quite a few years, loved his gym work,” Mr Kons said.

“He was there way…



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