Old con­vic­tion won’t im­pact can­di­date

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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