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Tuesday, 19 August 2003
Page: 18823

Mr GAVAN O'CONNOR (2:37 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government. Does the minister recall writing, on his ministerial letterhead, to the South Australian police minister on 25 September and 11 November 2002, and again on 16 January this year, seeking to have the police minister improperly intervene in relation to an offence committed by his son? Can the minister confirm that in these letters he described his son as a constituent when in fact his son does not live in the minister's electorate? Why did the minister provide false and misleading information to the South Australian police minister?

Mr TUCKEY (Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The answer to the question is that the reference to a constituent inquiry concerns a constituent inquiry. Two people who drove a truck into South Australia did not know that they had to have a logbook because logbooks are not required in Western Australia. The safety of their travel was guaranteed by having two drivers and not one. When they were fined, I wrote to the minister saying that I thought a warning should be appropriate. I did not press the matter any further. I would do it, and I think I have done it, for other people in my electorate. I do not see that the only person my son could go to in this matter being me should deny my request that a warning was appropriate. I did not ask that it be changed. The fact is that I said it was a constituent inquiry, and I find that no different—

Opposition member interjecting

Mr TUCKEY —No. Anyway, I have explained that it is a matter that I put forward on his behalf. At no time did I do anything that was to influence the outcome other than to ask that it be considered as a warning.

Mr Gavan O'Connor —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table three letters from the minister dated 25 September 2002, 11 November 2002 and 16 January 2003 to the Hon. Patrick Conlon MP, Minister for Government Enterprise, Minister for Energy, Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services, on this matter.

Leave granted.