Under the spotlight … Eric Roozendaal arrives at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing today.Eric Roozendaal has revealed he submitted false information to the Roads and Traffic Authority when he was roads minister regarding the Honda CRV at the centre of a corruption probe.
The Upper House member told the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday that he did not closely examine the “Form 4” RTA document he submitted, which contained numerous false entries.
A”Form 4″ document records the sale of vehicles.
“I don’t see why I have to be responsible when clearly [the car dealer] has failed to complete the form properly,” he told the inquiry.
He also blamed his “slackness” for allowing his wife to drive around Sydney in a car that was registered in another person’s name.
“It was my slackness in not transferring the registration and if you look at any of my personal affairs I was pretty committed to the work I did and pretty hopeless with my personal finances,” Mr Roozendaal said.
The former treasurer denied that he received a benefit in the form of a $10,000 discount on the Honda.
The inquiry has heard that Mr Roozendaal insured the car for $43,000, although he had only paid $34,000. The difference between the figures was paid for by the family of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.
It was not a financial benefit, said Mr Roozendaal. “It’s a saving.”
Mr Roozendaal told the inquiry he had received a discount because his car was second-hand at the time he took it from an inner city car dealer on 19 June, 2007. The Commission has heard that Mr Roozendaal had signed no contract and had not paid for the car at the time he took possession of it. Instead, the car was in the name of the sister of Moses Obeid’s business partner, who has told the inquiry she has never seen the Honda, despite being the registered owner for a short while.
Geoffrey Watson, counsel assisting the inquiry, has previously described the transaction involving the sale of the Honda as a “sham”.
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