Drink-driving stance questioned after Buswell incident

Scarborough MLA Minister Liza Harvey.
Scarborough MLA Minister Liza Harvey.

Ms Harvey said she would fully co-operate with any police investigation and would strongly advise members of the community to do the same.

‘I will continue to condemn anybody, including the 13,500 people who were charged last year with drink-driving offences, for their irresponsible driving behaviour.’

Peppered with questions from the Opposition during question time last Tuesday, May 6, Ms Harvey stood by Mr Buswell, the member for Vasse, after he pleaded guilty to 11 traffic charges after crashing his ministerial car on his way home from a wedding on February 23.

‘With respect to the incident that the Opposition is talking about, given my responsibility as Minister for Police, my conversations around this matter have been with the Commissioner of Police,’ Ms Harvey said.

‘There has been a consequence. If anyone has any issue with the way that investigation has been conducted, we have a forum for putting those complaints forward ” the Corruption and Crime Commission ” or people can go through the commissioner to request that the actions of the officers involved in that investigation be investigated.’

Midland MLA Michelle Hopkins Roberts used last week’s question time to ask what example the State Government and the Minister for Police were setting by standing by Mr Buswell.

‘As the Minister for Police, what example are you setting by not holding your colleague to account for his behaviour and decisions on 22 and 23 February?’ Ms Hopkins Roberts said.

‘What credibility do you now have when advocating for the elimination of drink-driving in our society?’

Mr Buswell last Wednesday formally apologised for his actions, revealing he suffered from bipolar disorder and said he was embarrassed by the incident.