By Staff Writer
John Bowler has resigned from his position as WA Minister for Local Government, Racing and Gaming and from the State Parliamentary Labor Party. He is the fourth minister asked to resign in nine months.
Premier Alan Carpenter said in a statement that there was evidence before the state’s Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) showing Mr Bowler had engaged in conduct that was indefensible during his time as Resources Minister.
”The Member for Murchison-Eyre has seriously compromised the integrity of the Cabinet, the Government and the Parliament in his dealings with Julian Grill and Brian Burke,” he said.
”The hearings of the CCC in the past few weeks have revealed conduct by individuals in State Government, in local government and in the business community that is completely and utterly unacceptable.
”At the centre of all this has been the activities of Brian Burke and Julian Grill. Their conduct, their influence and the way they exert it, has had a malignant effect, which has to be stopped.
”Brian Burke and Julian Grill only have this influence if people allow them to. They should not allow them to.”
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