Michelle Lensink

Burnside Council

I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for State/Local Government Relations a question about the Burnside council.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: In response to a question from the Hon. John Darley on 6 July the minister stated:

I would like to make clear that all allegations of corruption have been referred to the South Australia Police Anti-Corruption Branch, even prior to this investigation.

A letter from the police commissioner to the Hon. Ann Bressington dated 19 July makes clear that the draft report and related material have not been referred to the Anti-Corruption Branch. My question to the minister is:

1. Does the minister stand by his statement of 6 July 'that all allegations of corruption have been referred to the South Australia Police Anti-Corruption Branch', given the advice of the police commissioner that the ACB did not have the material on 19 July 2011?

The Hon. R.P. WORTLEY (Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for State/Local Government Relations) (14:36): The statements I referred to with regard to allegations going to the Anti-Corruption Branch were in regard to allegations made prior to the investigation. Allegations had been referred prior to the investigation, and the Anti-Corruption Branch found no evidence of criminality and did not take it any further.

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