Under investigation

POLICE have not ruled out laying charges against Steve Cansdell over matters in addition to falsifying a statutory declaration to avoid a speeding fine.

Yesterday marked the five-week anniversary of the former parliamentary secretary to police minister Michael Gallacher's shock resignation from Parliament.

Police media yesterday told the Daily Examiner officers were following several lines of investigation in relation to Mr Cansdell.

When Mr Cansdell announced his resignation on September 16 he said he attended Grafton police station earlier that morning and provided officers with documents relating to the statutory declaration.

He said he expected to face charges over the statutory declaration which former staffer Kath Palmer signed, claiming she was driving Mr Cansdell's car when it was clocked by a speed camera doing 74 km/h in a 60km/h zone at Woodburn on September 28, 2005.

Police media yesterday confirmed investigating officers had spoken to Mrs Palmer who declined to be interviewed about the matter.

The Daily Examiner contacted Mr Gallacher's office asking them if the minister or any of his staff had spoken to police about the investigation of Mr Cansdell, whether they considered five weeks an appropriate length of time for charges to be laid and whether they were aware of any additional matters involving Mr Cansdell being investigated by police.

A spokesperson for Mr Gallacher said as the matter was under police investigation they could not comment on any of the Examiner's questions.

When the Daily Examiner put the same questions to Police Minister Andrew Scipione, hisspokesperson referred the questions to police media.

A police media spokesperson said "no charges have been laid and investigations are continuing".

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