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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 11th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 12, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Tag: SHIREEN KHALIL A PROTEST in support of Labor Mayor Keith Kwon outside Strathfield Council on Tuesday night was orchestrated, according to two independent councillors. About 50 protesters gathered on Homebush Rd with signs regard- ing controversial councillor Danny Lim, Liberal's Bill Carney and independent councillor Paul Barron. When protester Min Chung was asked the reason for the protest he said: ''Do I have to answer that now? Let me think about it.'' Strathfield blogger and Liberal Party member Mark Sharma said most of the ''protesters'' didn't know why they were protesting. ''I'm talking as a Strathfield resident, not a Liberal member -- anyone with common sense can tell you it was nothing more than a cheap gimmick,'' he said. Labor-turned independent coun- cillor Paul Barron believes Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge was behind the protest as ''pay-back'' for Cr Lim exposing donations to her political campaigns. ''She doesn't like being exposed to donations with Memo Corpor- ation and other things and now she is fighting back . . . by having the signs condemning Danny and that's the bottom line,'' Cr Barron said. Ms Judge, who denies alle- gations that she lobbied to have Strathfield police station set in a shopping centre, owned by one of MP says lobby claims untrue REBECCA WOOLLEY state parliament Strathfield State MP Virginia Judge with Premier Nathan Rees at an announcement last year. I reject any suggestion that I did not act appropriately in making representations for my community' ' Strathfield MP VIRGINIA JUDGE CLAIMS Strathfield MP Virginia Judge inappropriately lobbied to have the suburb's police station moved to a shopping centre have been passed on to the state's corruption watchdog. The state Opposition has re- ferred the matter to the Indepen- dent Commission Against Corrup- tion after it emerged the Fair Trading Minister had failed to formally lodge a report herself. In State Parliament last week, Albury MP Greg Alpin asked Ms Judge why she continued ''to fail'' to report ''inappropriate lobbying by her on behalf of a donor''. Ms Judge, who has denied the allegations, said she had notified the ICAC in writing about the claims but was not required to make a formal report if she knew they were ''untrue''. She has been accused of lobby- ing Police Minister Tony Kelly to have the station moved to Strathfield Plaza on behalf of a political donor. The Memo Corporation, which owns the plaza, donated $28,000 to Ms Judge's campaign in the three years leading up to the election. ''I reject any suggestion that I did not act appropriately in mak- ing representations for my com- munity,'' she told Parliament last week. ''I make no apology for doing so. ''I immediately drew matters raised in the media to the atten- tion of the ICAC in writing. ''However, it is impossible for a minister, who is the subject of allegations which they know to be false, to make a formal section 11 report.'' Ms Judge said a minister should report information to the ICAC if they believed, on reasonable grounds, that it involved corrupt conduct. ''A minister does not have reasonable grounds to suspect a matter may concern corrupt con- duct if he or she knows the claims are indeed untrue,'' she said. Ms Judge said it was appropri- ate to ''err on the side of caution'' and inform ICAC about the claims but it was up to the commission to decide whether to investigate them. The commission was unable to confirm whether it had infor- mation about the allegations, or whether it was being investigated.
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