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Child porn arrest shocks South Australian politics
PREMIER of SA Mike Rann said he will make a ''major statement'' in Parliament in relation to the MP charged with child pornography offences.
In response to questions by media representatives whether he was going to ask the charged MP to stand down, Mr Rann said it was up to the MP and he could not be forced to step aside unless he was found guilty.
"I will be making a major statement to Parliament when it returns (on May 3)," he told Channel 10 on Tuesday morning at the opening of the State Aquatic Centre at Marion to the public.
"I am not counseling the MP at all. I don't think it would be appropriate to make any contact with that MP during a police investigation."
Mr Rann said, for legal reasons, it was extremely difficult to talk about the issue of the Labor MP at the centre of the child pornography storm.
"I will not talk about that particular case," he said. "But as a father and as a Premier I can't think of anything that sickens my stomach any more than child pornography or child sexual abuse.
"Anyone found guilty of such offences is unfit for public life."
Mr Rann rejected any suggestions his leadership was under threat.
"Rumours of my retirement have been around since March, 1995, and I have won three elections since then," he said.
In another surprising development, last week a Labor Minister, Mr Bernard Finnigan handed in his resignation. No reason has been given for his resignation yet. Mr Finnigan was Minister for Gambling and Acting Police Minister when he resigned.
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