In 2002, MP Andrew Olexander, 39, told the Victorian Parliament that 80 people died on Victorian roads each year as a direct result of alcohol. “When you have those sorts of statistics you have to consider the effect this will have on the lives of the individuals involved, on the lives of innocent people and their families and friends,” he said.
Two years later, at 5 am on July 2004 Andrew Olexander crashed his taxpayer funded car into three cars parked in a Port Melbourne street, including an Alfa Romeo, a VW Golf and A Mitsubishi Galant, resulting in a damage bill of more than $70,000 . Police attending the scene could not get a proper breathalyzer reading out of the bit of air he puffed so he was taken to St Kilda police station where bloodtesting revealed a blood-alcohol reading above 0.15 – more than three times the legal limit! He was also admitted to The Alfred hospital but soon after he dashed from a back exit to a waiting car, Andrew Olexander also resigned from portfolio responsibilities as spokesperson for the arts, consumer affairs and youth affairs ( though did not give up any pay entitlements). Together with Jim Forbes, his secretary and gay lover that shares his farm house and office, the pair kept raking in $190,000.- p.a..