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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Daily Examiner Story: NSW charge possible

Reprinted from the Daily Examiner March 7

THE woman who took the fall for disgraced MP Steve Cansdell has revealed details of the statutory declaration she signed to prevent the former member for Clarence from losing his licence over a speeding fine in 2005.

On Thursday, Kath Palmer told The Daily Examiner the statutory declaration she signed was on the back of a NSW speeding infringement notice.

Inquiries to the Office of State Revenue yesterday confirmed all NSW infringement notices were printed with NSW statutory declarations on the back.

But this information is at odds with what NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith revealed when he passed the matter on to the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) on March 7.

"The office of the NSW DPP has advised me that Mr Cansdell signed a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration and therefore it's not expected that any state charge will be brought," he told the NSW Parliament during question time.

Mr Cansdell has been waiting 204 days for resolution since he handed Grafton police documentary evidence he falsified a statutory declaration.

And it seems he will have to wait a little longer, with the DPP unable to say whether it will pursue legal action.

When he resigned on September 16, Mr Cansdell said he still didn't realise the gravity of what was "a stupid decision" he made five-and-a-half years ago.

And on November 22 the disgraced MP told ABC North Coast radio he probably wouldn't have confessed to his crime if Mrs Palmer hadn't referred the matter to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

If the case proceeds to prosecution, Mr Cansdell could face Grafton District Court, according to the Statutory Declarations Act of 1959, which states NSW courts are invested with federal jurisdiction to prosecute such matters.

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