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Police face questions  over Buswell
Damage done: Troy Buswell's car. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

An Opposition-dominated parliamentary committee will review the police investigation into the recent traffic incidents involving former treasurer Troy Buswell.

The community development and justice standing committee, chaired by Labor MP Margaret Quirk, is scheduled to hold a hearing with WA police on Monday.

The review will focus on the police response on the night Mr Buswell drove his ministerial car into four parked vehicles, a pole and a gate after he attended a wedding.

Mr Buswell will not be required to give evidence but Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan and police officers who were involved in the investigation of the February 23 crashes will be called to appear.

Speaker Michael Sutherland told State Parliament yesterday the committee had said it would investigate police communications and integration of information relating to the crashes, investigations bypolice officers on the night and the nature of demand for police attendance on the night.

The State Opposition has repeatedly called for an investigation into the crashes involving Mr Buswell, who did not speak to police before he was convicted of 11 charges of careless driving, failing to stop and failing to report the crashes near his Subiaco home.

The announcement came as Mr Buswell hit back at academics who criticised his research report on his taxpayer-funded trip to Europe and Asia to study light rail.

Big sections of the 20-page report, which was tabled in Parliament last week, were allegedly plagiarised from public websites.

Curtin University academics described the report as "slipshod" and said the extent of Mr Buswell's plagiarism was "amazing".

But Mr Buswell rejected the criticism yesterday.

"This is not an academic document - it is a summary of an overseas travel report," he said.

The West Australian

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