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Troy Buswell could bear car damage bill

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Former treasurer Troy Buswell could be forced to pay the bill for his late-night crash.

Former treasurer Troy Buswell could be forced to pay the bill for his late-night crash.

Disgraced former West Australian Treasurer Troy Buswell could be forced to pay the $14,700 damage bill for his crashed ministerial car, the Premier says.

Colin Barnett said the State Government's insurer Risk Cover had sought legal advice as to whether it could recover the repair cost as well as the estimated $12,000 in damages to several other cars Mr Buswell crashed into on his street in February.

"That is a matter I will leave to them and their lawyers," Mr Barnett said.

Mr Buswell was fined and had his driver's licence suspended after he pleaded guilty to 11 traffic offences in relation to the late-night incident, during which he also crashed into a pole and the front gate of his Subiaco home while returning from the wedding of wine retailer Vince Salpietro.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said it was disgraceful taxpayers might have to foot Mr Buswell's damage bill.

He said the State Government should make him pay.

"How can the government at any stage make points on law and order or issues to do with road safety or drink driving when they allow that sort of thing to go on in their ranks?" Mr McGowan told ABC radio.

Mr Buswell remains the MP for Vasse.

- AAP

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  • If he had done it in a private car l would be saying leave him alone it's between him the police and the insurance company. However because it happened in a government vehicle he not only should have to pay the money he should be fired.

    Commenter
    Danny
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    June 18, 2014, 3:22PM
    • Buswell shouldve payed this already without there being any question. The fact that he hasnt is yet another example of his arrogance and irresponsibility. Sack him now.

      Commenter
      Troy's Smash Repairs
      Date and time
      June 18, 2014, 4:25PM
      • Barney still wearing his hypocrisy like a badge of honour, hoping that the case of Caleb Dunstan isn't dug up before he resigns. What a shambles of a govt.

        Commenter
        D Murphy
        Location
        Nedlands
        Date and time
        June 18, 2014, 4:28PM
        • Thats not fair asking Troy to pay almost 100 bottles of scotch for those repairs after all he is minister and friend of Colon Barnetts surely Colon can pull a few strings again.

          Commenter
          Arthur Insidious
          Date and time
          June 18, 2014, 5:03PM
          • What's this "could", it goes without saying it's "should".
            From a born and bred Sandgroper, it pains me to say: this state is a f....n joke!!

            Commenter
            Legandos
            Location
            Perth
            Date and time
            June 18, 2014, 5:03PM
            • How is this still in question? The man admitted he was so drunk he couldn't remember the evening, so why should the insurer- and ultimately, the tax payer!- have to pay for this disgraceful incident?

              Arrogant, out of touch and delusional, the lot of them.

              Commenter
              Bruce
              Date and time
              June 18, 2014, 6:22PM
              • Buswell should have been fired years ago when he was found to be cheating on his expense claims

                Commenter
                pjl1941
                Location
                Perth
                Date and time
                June 18, 2014, 7:35PM

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