Former MP Barry Urban appears in Perth court

Former WA Labor MP Barry Urban. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright).
Former WA Labor MP Barry Urban. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright).

DISGRACED former West Australian Labor MP Barry Urban has appeared briefly in court on 12 fraud charges, including five counts of giving false evidence before a parliamentary committee.

Urban has already pleaded not guilty to all offences and on Wednesday he had his case adjourned until March 6.

He walked out of Perth Magistrates Court wearing an R U OK? badge and holding last year’s report from the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, but refused to talk to reporters about his case

Urban quit Labor in December 2017 and sat as an independent MP until the following May, when he resigned as the member for Darling Range moments after a parliamentary committee found he repeatedly lied about his education and work history.

The committee had made the unprecedented recommendation Urban be expelled for committing a “gross and aggravated contempt of parliament”.

Urban also faces five counts of uttering a forged record, and one count each of attempted fraud and forging a record related to information submitted in WA Police Force applications.

He allegedly lied about having a University of Leeds degree, a University of Portsmouth certificate of higher education and a WA Local Government Association diploma.

Urban is also accused of lying about being part of an international police taskforce that investigated atrocities in the Balkans, and wearing a fake medal for the service.

As Urban quit parliament, he said: “This is a situation I regret and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

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