Steve Cansdell
Steve Cansdell JoJo Newby

Former MP in limbo

POLICE are still to decide if charges will be laid against former Clarence MP Steve Cansdell, three weeks after he handed documents to Grafton police showing he falsified a statutory declaration to avoid losing his licence over a speeding fine in 2005.

On Wednesday evening the prime police witness in the case, former Cansdell staffer Kath Palmer, was yet to be interviewed to progress the investigations.

The Daily Examiner yesterday tried to contact Mrs Palmer to see if she had spoken to police, without success.

Police have not confirmed what action, if any, they will take in the matter.

When Mr Cansdell announced his resignation outside his Prince St office on September 16, he said a third party signed a declaration they were driving his car when he was detected at Woodburn by a speed camera travelling 74kmh in a 60kmh zone.

"I had received a speeding ticket which would have cost me my licence," Mr Cansdell said.

"A third party agreed to claim to be driving my vehicle at the time and took the demerit points.

"I regret my actions six years ago, which I took without thought of the consequences."

Mr Cansdell told the media he wanted a "clean slate" in the lead up to the 2006 election.

Despite this, Mr Cansdell went on to lose his licence in 2009 after he was pulled over for doing 100kmh in an 80kmh zone at Clarenza,

Ironically this was a speed zone the MP successfully lobbied to get reduced to 80kmh from 100kmh.

When The Daily Examiner inquired as to whether Mr Cansdell had been charged over the offence, a police representative said investigations into the alleged false statutory declaration were continuing and no charges had been laid.

"A 61-year-old man has been spoken to by police regarding the alleged falsifying of a statutory declaration relating to a speeding offence on September 28, 2005," the representative said.

"Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have also confirmed the identity of a woman who allegedly signed the affidavit on the statutory declaration."

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