A South Grafton JP says it's loud and clear that there doesn't seem to be any choice offered to the courts but to imprison Cansdell.
The JP expressed his view of the scandal in a letter to the editor published in today's Daily Examiner.
Too many column inches have already been devoted to the Cansdell affair.
However, as a JP it is perhaps timely to remind everybody of these two statements that appear in a statutory declaration:
"I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under Section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular way.
"A person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence, the punishment for which is imprisonment for a term of four years."
There doesn't seem to be any choice offered to the courts but to imprison him.
Finally, seeing that he stood for the most-recent election knowing that he had broken the law, wouldn't it be reasonable for him to contribute some, or all of his parliamentary pension to pay for the by-election.
Ray Meakin, South Grafton
Source: Letters, The Daily Examiner, 28/9/11