Government attacked over Cansdell saga

THE NSW Opposition has opened fire with both barrels at the O'Farrell government claiming it tried to cover up the Steve Cansdell saga.

Opposition Leader John Robertson fired the first salvo saying 'The O'Farrell Government has engaged in an extraordinary cover up' after Mr Cansdell admitted to falsifying a statutory declaration to avoid losing his licence over a speeding fine at Woodburn in 2005.

"Why are NSW charges not being laid against Mr Cansdell when he has admitted to falsifying a statutory declaration relating to a NSW driving offence? These charges are entirely feasible under NSW law," he said

"If the Attorney General and Police Minister cannot explain why charges are not being laid in NSW, the Labor Opposition will refer them both to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)."

"Barry O'Farrell is leading a government with no concept of integrity or probity. There is no excuse for this behaviour."

Shadow Minister for Police, Nathan Rees followed his leader saying repeated questioning from the Labor party exposed the cover up and forced the O'Farrell governments hand to send the matter to the Commonwealth DPP.

"This still doesn't get to the bottom of why NSW charges are not being laid against a man who has admitted to falsifying a statutory declaration," he said.

"The O'Farrell Government thought it sufficient to ask Mr Cansdell to resign last year - so why are they seeking to bury the case in another jurisdiction now?

"What would have happened had the NSW Labor Opposition not revealed this? How long would the O'Farrell Government's cover up have continued for?

"This whole affair stinks. The Attorney General Greg Smith and Police Minister Michael Gallacher have serious questions to answer today." 

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