06/10/2008 - 11:02

Former EPA chair loses corruption battle

06/10/2008 - 11:02

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The former chairman of the state's Environmental Protection Authority has failed to quash a corruption report linking him to disgraced former premier and lobbyist Brian Burke.

The former chairman of the state's Environmental Protection Authority has failed to quash a corruption report linking him to disgraced former premier and lobbyist Brian Burke.

Wally Cox made a lunch date with Mr Burke and another former Labor MP Julian Grill in May 2006.

They were allegedly to discuss the multi-million dollar Smiths Beach development at prestigious Yallingup in the state's south-west.

Recorded telephone conversations show Dr Cox, who was considering a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the project, sought to change the venue of the lunch from the notable Parmelia Hilton hotel to a quieter location.

Mr Grill suggested the back room at Perugino's.

While officers from the EPA formed the view that a formal environmental assessment was warranted for the project this decision was later changed.

The Corruption and Crime Commission has found Dr Cox failed to act with integrity in the performance of his official duties.

Three appeal judges have today dismissed Mr Cox's civil application to quash the parts of the Corruption and Crime Commission's report that related to him.

 

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