What a fine example this government minisiter is setting. The fact he is transport minister is even worse. He does not see a problem with his speeding, do you?
Mr Buswell made the admission after The Sunday Times revealed yesterday his serial driving offences.
At a press conference today outside Parliament House, Mr Buswell admitted he has eight demerit points against his name.
But he refused to accept that the speeding fines should cost him his job which includes being responsible for road safety.
“I have a current and valid WA driver’s licence,” Mr Buswell said.
“Over the last three years I had accumulated eight demerit points that was for four offences for speeding at more than 10km/h and less than 19km/h.
Mr Buswell said he had the support of Premier Colin Barnett.
“Like I, the Premier is disappointed… and I will be focused much more on living within the speed.”
He said speeding was “unacceptable” but that the infringements did not warrant him to relinquish his Transport role in the government.
“For me to speed is unacceptable, occasionally as you see over the last three years I have, I pay the price as would any other West Australian,” Mr Buswell said.
“I don’t see accumulating eight demerit points over a three-year period should disqualify me from serving as Transport Minister.”
However, Opposition Transport spokesman Ken Travers stood by his calls for Mr Buswell to be stripped of the transport portfolio.
Mr Travers said today the fact that Mr Buswell had eight demerit points against him showed that he was a “consistent speeder.”
- WA Oppn calls for Buswell to be sacked (news.theage.com.au)
- Buswell admits to poor driving record (news.theage.com.au)