On 21 January we ran a letter from a TV cameraman who was part of the vigil outside Mark Latham’s home, which including the following passage:

It is interesting to note that Latham’s next door neighbour, the one who called the police, is also Latham’s sister. The police commander for the area came out and threatened the media with a move along order, just before I got there, and it would apply to anyone who was there. The other neighbours couldn’t care less.

It’s funny what you see when you sit outside someone’s house for a long time. The sister’s husband is senior firefighter from Rosemeadow, and gets driven in the fire truck every day past the house precisely at lunch time and the wife comes out and delivers the lunch. There is an unhealthy amount of fire extinguishers stacked up along side the house – must be saving them for a fire sale. What’s that about glass houses?

Sure enough, today the Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services in New South Wales, Andrew Humpherson, put the following question on notice to the Minister for Emergency Services:

1. What action have you taken to ensure that Mark Latham’s brother-in-law and neighbour is not using the Rosemeadow Fire truck to go home for lunch each day as reported in crikey.com.au thereby leaving residential homes at greater risk in the event of an emergency?

2. Is the reported storage of fire extinguishers alongside his house a safety or stocktaking issue for the NSW Fire Brigade?

We await the Minister’s response with interest.

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