PETER DEBNAM: My question is directed to the Premier. Why have
police investigations into criminal conduct at Randwick City
Council been starved of resources, with the main investigating
police officer moved to another station and the new investigator
sent on a training course, effectively delaying the laying of
charges until after the local council election?
Mr BOB CARR: I am advised that NSW Police has confirmed that there are no plans to raid offices at Randwick City Council in relation to a dispute between the council and the owner of a hostel, the Aegean Lodge at Coogee. The NSW Police Botany Bay local area commander issued a media release this morning indicating that no raid is planned. Superintendent Peter O'Brien states:
The ongoing police investigation has not identified any criminal conduct within Randwick Council.
Mr Andrew Tink: Point of order: Can the Premier explain—
Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member for Epping will resume his seat. I place him on three calls to order. The honourable member knows the standing orders and he has deliberately flouted them and my rulings during this week's sittings. I remind him that he is on three calls to order.
Mr BOB CARR: The superintendent went on to say:
This matter is an historical civil matter with insufficient evidence at this time to substantiate any charge.