Wednesday 20th of June 2018

buswell is not well...


buswell is not well...

A report into the police handling of former treasurer Troy Buswell's series of crashes in his ministerial car has found "systemic failure at a number of levels".

A Labor-dominated parliamentary committee found there was "an inadequate police response" into the Liberal MP's actions in the early hours of 23 February, when he crashed into several cars in Subiaco after returning home from a wedding.

The Member for Vasse was fined and disqualified from driving for a year after pleading guilty to offences related to the incident.

The Community, Development and Justice Standing Committee report found the incident had the potential to compromise the public message that alcohol and driving do not mix.

Committee chair, Labor MP Margaret Quirk, told Parliament that police let the investigation "lapse", with the media ultimately forced to "join the dots".

"The media attention that this incident has received has also drawn attention to the limited nature of the police response and raises questions about the value of campaigning on drink-driving if enforcement is so publicly mediocre," she said.


facts and fiction...

In the following media conference, he refused to comment on allegations relating to a drunken night at parliament, where he snapped the back of a female Labor party staffer's bra-strap as a "party trick", and other "inappropriate and sexist behaviour".[16]

On 27 April 2008 further allegations were published, these included the sniffing of a chair of a female Liberal staffer as well as claims he crawled around on his hands and knees pretending to be the staffer's husband. Buswell first refused to deny the allegations,[16] and then subsequently admitted to the act.[17] The woman later revealed Buswell "was groaning and writhing in sexual pleasure".[18]

As well as these incidents, Buswell has been accused by retiring Liberal MLA for CarineKatie Hodson-Thomas, of making sexist remarks to her.[19]

MLA for Roe Graham Jacobs called for a leadership spill motion, which took place on 5 May 2008,[20] but the motion failed and Buswell remained leader.[21]

Revelations also came out of Buswell "squirrel gripping" (grabbing the testicles of) Liberal MLA Murray Cowper in parliament. Cowper did not deny the incident, saying "As far as I'm concerned the matter's dead and it's time for everyone to move on, the media included."[22]

Buswell faced a fresh crisis when it was revealed in a Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) report on 10 June 2008 that a motion moved in Parliament by his staunchest backer, Shadow Minister for Road Safety John McGrath, had been provided to him by lobbyists Brian Burke and Julian Grill. Burke had written the motion on behalf of a company that sold radar detectors. The CCC report said Mr McGrath's claim he was unaware of Burke's commercial interest in the issue strained credibility. Buswell backed McGrath by claiming that he had been cleared of misconduct while McGrath refused to stand down.[23]

Three days later, Buswell sacked the Shadow Police Minister Rob Johnson after Johnson said he could not serve in the Shadow Cabinet with McGrath as Shadow Minister for Road Safety.[24]

Buswell resigned as Liberal leader and leader of the opposition on 4 August 2008.[25] He was replaced by Colin Barnett.[26]


We definitely need people like Buswell in parliament to keep females and radar detectors in their place...

some people get better equal treatment...

The Western Australian opposition is demanding to know why an insurance claim form for Troy Buswell's crashed ministerial car was submitted incomplete by a government bureaucrat.

The form was not submitted or signed by the former treasurer. It was instead stamped by the director of state administration, Kathryn Andrews.

Opposition treasury spokesman Ben Wyatt said Buswell should have signed it himself as he was back at work in his electorate.

Buswell quit cabinet following revelations he had a mental breakdown after crashing into parked cars, a pole and the front gate of his Subiaco home while returning from a wedding in the early hours of 23 February.

He was fined $3,100 and disqualified from driving for one year after he admitted to 11 traffic offences but did not face drink-driving charges because he was not breathalysed on the night.

Wyatt also asked why large sections of the form were left incomplete. These included questions about the extent of damage to the Holden Caprice, who or what was considered to have caused the incident and whether the driver was tested for drugs or alcohol.

Where the applicant was asked to describe the events of the incident, the response was simply: "No details are available. The incident has been investigated by WAPOL (WA Police)".

If any other Western Australian motorist submitted such a claim form to their insurer, the company would have rejected it out of hand, the opposition said.

paying for the damage...

Former WA treasurer Troy Buswell has agreed to pay for the damage he caused to his ministerial car and several other cars when he drove home from a wedding in February.

The State Government's insurer RiskCover issued a statement on Friday night, saying Mr Buswell had withdrawn his claim for insurance cover and would pay for the damage himself.

This includes reimbursing RiskCover for the $15,000 it already paid for repairs to his ministerial car.

RiskCover said it received a reply from Mr Buswell's lawyers on Friday after requesting further information relating to the crash.

"The response stated that Mr Buswell withdraws his claim for insurance cover from RiskCover under the Department of the Premier and Cabinet insurance policy," it said in the statement.

"Mr Buswell will, from his own funds, pay for any damage caused to the third party vehicles when the Government vehicle he was driving on 22/23 February 2014 collided with them.


retiring from politics...

Former WA treasurer Troy Buswell has quit politics.

Mr Buswell handed his resignation to Speaker of the Legislative assembly, Michael Sutherland, on Wednesday.

"I had a visit from Troy Buswell today at about 11.30 at Parliament House and he handed me his letter which was his resignation from Parliament," Mr Sutherland told the ABC.

"His resignation is effective immediately and things will have to be put in train to hold a by-election in Vasse."

The colourful Member for Vasse was forced to resign from Cabinet following a series of car crashes as he drove his ministerial vehicle home from a wedding in February.

In the wake of the incident Mr Buswell relinquished both his Treasury and Transport portfolios, and was fined $3,000 and suspended from driving for a year.

He suffered a breakdown and took some time off work before returning to Parliament in May.

Mr Buswell later revealed he was suffering from bipolar disorder and depression.


Retiring from politics is the right thing to do... Our best wishes to Troy wherever he goes. 

you [premier] should be ashamed of yourself...

Outspoken Western Australian backbencher Rob Johnson will not be re-endorsed by the Liberal Party and there will be a new candidate for Hillarys at the next state election, Premier Colin Barnett says.

Mr Johnson yesterday crossed the floor in Parliament on a freedom of information issue and accused the Government of covering up car crashes involving former treasurer Troy Buswell.

"Yes there was a cover up ... you [Premier] should be ashamed of yourself," Mr Johnson told Parliament.

"I used to think you had integrity."

Mr Barnett said Mr Johnson became very personal in his criticisms and went too far.

"Well, look, I don't think he would be endorsed by the Liberal Party, given his conduct over recent years," Mr Barnett said.

"So, there will be a new Liberal candidate in Hillarys."