Tele: Labor MP Lynda Voltz reveals ‘spent conviction’ to shadow cabinet

Labor’s police spokeswoman has stunned colleagues in a shadow cabinet meeting by revealing she has a “spent conviction’’.

Labor’s police spokeswoman Lynda Voltz has stunned colleagues in a shadow cabinet meeting by revealing she has a “spent conviction’’, which arose from a 1980s anti-Pinochet protest.

The Daily Telegraph confirmed the remarks with multiple attendees at the shadow cabinet meeting.

But when Ms Voltz was contacted for comment, she replied: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, what’s a spent conviction?”.

A short time later, a spokesman confirmed Ms Voltz’s conviction related to an anti Pinochet demonstration in the 1980s, and that she had made the declaration upon entering parliament. The spokesman did not state the specific nature of the conviction.

Colleagues at the meeting said they were not aware of the conviction and were “stunned” when Ms Voltz “blurted” it out.

“There was almost an audible gasp,” one said. 

The remarks were made in the context of discussing a cabinet minute which had a 10 year sunset clause on the convictions of young people. 

The spokesman said Ms Voltz’ conviction was on the public record and that she had declared it the first time she was elected to parliament.

Convictions for minor offences become “spent” when 10 years have passed in usual circumstances, although there are some scenarios where people are required to declare them, including sometimes for political security clearances.

Ms Voltz was elected to the upper house in 2007, where she served until 2019 and was then elected to represent the seat of Auburn following the departure of former Labor leader Luke Foley.

She has served as deputy whip, shadow minister for sport and veterans affairs and is currently shadow police minister. Labor leader Jodi McKay did not comment, with her spokesman also pointing out the conviction was on the public record.

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