NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottett will be referred to the police by a small party who want to know if he broke an obscure statement law when he joined the Liberal Party, in the wake of his controversy over his Nazi costume.
Mr Perrottet sought to draw a line under the controversy on Sunday and again apologized for his actions after admitting on Thursday that he wore a Nazi costume to his 21st birthday party.
But NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party leader Robert Borsak claims Mr Perrottet may have broken the Oaths Act when he signed a Liberal Party pre-selection document around 2010, stating he had nothing to disclose that could embarrass the party.
“It’s been a long time since he’s been held accountable. He is not above the law,” Borsak said in a statement on Sunday.
It also came after Mr Perrottet said he was focused on the state, which heads to elections in March.
“I’m focused on moving our state forward… that’s what I’ve focused on all my political life,” he said in western Sydney.
‘Mr. Perrottet’s fitness’
The SFF party has two members of the Senate in the state parliament, including Mr. Borsak and Mark Banasiak.
Mr Borsak, who is deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee on public accounts, also said he would ask committee members to convene an urgent hearing to “examine the suitability of Mr Perrottet and his actions to remain Prime Minister of NSW. “
On Sunday, Mr Perrottet, 40, was asked if there were any other future Liberal politicians at his 21st party at his parents’ house in north-west Sydney.
He said he couldn’t remember who was there and didn’t want to “drag” others into it.
“It’s not about other people, I made a mistake, it’s about what I did,” he told reporters.
“What I know was, I was there and I know what I did.”
Mr Perrottet made the admission of the Nazi costume on Thursday after a phone call with Transport Secretary David Elliott the night before.
On Sunday, Mr Perrottet said Mr Elliott, with whom he had recently clashed over the issue of cashless playing cards, had no photo of the incident and did not know if one existed. Mr Elliott will leave politics at the election.
“You grow up on the journey of life”
Mr Perrottet repeated on Sunday that he had made a mistake wearing the suit and said he was naive.
“The person I am now is not the person I was then,” he said.
“You grow up on the journey of life and that’s what happened.
“As you go through life, not only do you learn from the good things, you also learn from the mistakes you make.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister questioned Mr Borsak’s referral to the State Liberal Party and said it was a matter for the party.
Mr Perrottet insisted he has the support of his peers, with many publicly supporting him.
Roads Minister Natalie Ward, who was with Mr Perrottet to announce a new $1bn road package in Western Sydney, said the Prime Minister had acknowledged the mistake and it was not a reflection of the man she worked with.
“What I’ve seen in Dom Perrottet is a compassionate, kind person who works every day for the people of NSW,” said Ms Ward.
Labor leader Chris Minns has not called for the prime minister’s resignation.
“It is not for me to exonerate him or accept his apology on behalf of the state,” he said on Saturday.
He also said he doubted whether the admission would affect the election.
“The people of NSW will be making decisions based on many other issues,” Mr Minns said.
A person who violates the Oaths Act could face up to five years in prison.