Calls for Cansdell charges to be reconsidered

ATTORNEY General Greg Smith is under pressure to say whether the Director of Public Prosecutions has considered the advice of a former senior barrister to revisit criminal charges against disgraced Clarence MP Steve Cansdell.

Despite lying about not being behind the wheel of his car when it was snapped by a speed camera in 2005, the former police secretary escaped criminal punishment when the staffer he claimed was driving refused to make a statement.

Bruce James, QC, suggested in February Mr Cansdell could have been prosecuted for lying under oath.

Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch called on Mr Smith to advise the DPP to review the case.In NSW Parliament this week, Mr Lynch asked Mr Smith to say when the DPP planned to respond to the advice.

The question has been placed on record and Mr Lynch is awaiting a reply.


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