Old conviction won’t impact candidate
LABOR candidate for Burnett Bryan Mustill has denied he intentionally avoided informing the ALP he was caught driving while suspended for drink-driving while mayor of Queensborough in England 20 years ago.
“It was so long ago it didn’t occur to me,” he said.
“They (the ALP) asked for a police record and I gave it to them.”
Mr Mustill said he did inform the Australian police about the conviction when he moved to Australia.
“I think everyone gets to make one mistake once as long as they don’t repeat it,” he said.
ALP state secretary Evan Moorhead said it was something they would expect to see included in the candidate questionnaire, but given it was 20 years ago in another country he said Mr Mustill did not think it fitted in the criteria question.
“It’s something he deeply regrets,” he said.
“We do a police check but it’s only an Australian police search so it didn’t show up.”
Mr Moorhead said it was not something that would stop Mr Mustill standing in the election.