Barnett cleared in Cliffe saga

17/09/2009 - 13:54

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Premier Colin Barnett says he will not take any legal action after a parliamentary committee cleared him of any wrong doing over the removal of a Peppermint Grove property from the state's heritage list.

Barnett cleared in Cliffe saga

Premier Colin Barnett says he will not take any legal action after a parliamentary committee cleared him of any wrong doing over the removal of a Peppermint Grove property from the state's heritage list.

Mr Barnett today told reporters that the parliamentary privileges committee had concluded there was no evidence to back up the false allegations.

In July, Mr Barnett revealed a complaint had been lodged against him with the Corruption and Crime Commission over alleged misconduct for the removal of "The Cliffe" property from the state heritage register some years ago.

The property, owned by mining prospector Mark Creasy, was once the home to members of rock band The Triffids.

The complaint, lodged by Sydney man Brian Waldron, alleged that Mr Barnett was motivated to remove the property from the heritage list because his son, Russell, was the chairman of ASX-listed company Freedom Eye, in which Mr Creasy is a major shareholder.

Opposition member Michelle Roberts was also the subject of the parliamentary investigation as she was the then heritage minister. Ms Roberts has also been cleared by the parliamentary committee.

Mr Barnett has continuously said the allegations were false and today reiterated that comment and added that the whole issue was a waste of taxpayers' money.

"The allegations made against myself, by some and other parties implied there was gross misconduct, and in fact corruption had taken place," Mr Barnett said. "

The parliamentary privileges committee has examined that and in its five conclusions, made it very clear there was no evidence to back up the false allegations that where clearly made by Brian Waldron of Sydney.

"I call on him to make an unreserved public apology for the allegations he has made.

"I do expect Eric Ripper and the Labor opposition to issue an unreserved apology for pursuing this in the parliament, for wasting public resources and for giving credibility to these false allegations."

Mr Barnett added that he will not be taking any legal action however could not say whether his son would.

 

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