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A Sex Scandal Torpedo – aimed to bring down the Gillard Government ..

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A SEX Scandal Torpedo –
…all aimed to bring down the GILLARD Government … the whispers can be heard everywhere – why has the PM not acted on these allegations …

Thought of the Day: …
Politics and Sex Scandals – are they as matched as we think they are …

T he ABC produced a story with a low profile that just might become the biggest story and the reason the Minority Gillard Government is forced to fold …

ABC NewsA story from the ABC – 15th Jun 2011:

Labor MP attacked over credit card use

By Jeremy Thompson

The allegations of credit card misuse against former union official Craig Thomson were first made by Fairfax newspapers. (AAP: Dean Lewins, file photo)

Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson has launched an extraordinary attack on Labor backbencher Craig Thomson, alleging misuse of a union credit card including payments to brothels.

Speaking under parliamentary privilege, Senator Ronaldson spoke of allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct when Mr Thomson was an official with the Health Services Union (HSU).

“Mr Thomson is not fit to be a member of Parliament and should be stood down immediately,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Mr Thomson sued Fairfax newspapers after they reported that he had used a union credit card on escort services when he was head of the HSU.

He reached a confidential settlement with Fairfax.

Today, Senator Ronaldson told the Senate that while secretary of the union, Mr Thomson had a credit card to be used for union-related expenses.

“It is alleged that over a five-year period, the Member for Dobell withdrew $101,533 in cash advances from his union credit card. Further, it is alleged that he used his union credit card to fund his election campaign for Dobell.”

He said Mr Thomson allegedly spent more than $104,000 on his election campaign without authority from the union which led to him filing a false disclosure report with the Electoral Commission.

“It was alleged by Fairfax Media that on at least four occasions he used the credit card on prostitutes,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“Is this what the hard-working members of the HSU expect their union dues to be spent on? Is it right that the money mums and dads gave to the union to represent them in the workplace be siphoned off for such activities?”

Senator Ronaldson said Mr Thomson has not been forced to resign because a by-election could destroy Labor’s minority government.

“In normal circumstances the Member for Dobell would not be allowed to continue, but in the so-called new paradigm where the Government only has a wafer-thin majority, the Prime Minister lacks the courage and the leadership authority to deal with the Member for Dobell appropriately.”

The allegations were first made in Fairfax newspapers when they reported Mr Thomson had used a union credit card on escort services when he was head of the union.

He has always denied the allegations.

Fairfax says Mr Thomson has now dropped his defamation action, and it stands by the story.

Senator Ronaldson said rather than following through with his legal action against Fairfax, “Mr Thompson surrendered”.

“It shows that despite the opportunity to prove in court before a jury of his peers that the serious allegations against him were false, Mr Thomson folded.”

Investigation

Senator Ronaldson said Mr Thomson is under investigation by Fair Work Australia, which will ask the Director of Public Prosecutions if they should press charges when the probe is finished later this year.

He said it has been reported that Mr Thomson has again retained lawyers because he is alleging Fairfax broke the terms of a settlement.

“Another action designed to stall the inevitable,” Senator Ronaldson said.

He demanded Mr Thomson be sacked.

“The Prime Minister knows the truth. She must act now.

“If she believes Mr Thomson is fit to be a member of parliament, the Prime Minister must make a clear statement explaining why.

“She must publicly refute the allegations of fraud, inappropriate use of union funds used for prostitutes, and siphoning of funds to support an election campaign. If not, she must immediately sack Mr Thomson.”

Mr Thomson had not returned calls from ABC News Online at the time of publishing.

If the allegations are true – then Gillard will have to respond – to date she has not and the longer she lingers – the further she becomes the target of double standards. 

She will not retain any creditability by continuing to allow a HOR Member who behaved as the allegations suggest – to continue in his role in Parliament.

Due process should be afforded – but as in all cases that require comprehensive investigations – his employ as a Minister will be suspended unless he can prove his case to the PM not to act.

If he does this – she becomes inevitably tied to any result of the investigations.

Let the games begin …

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The EYE-BALL …

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  1. LeagueLegend
    August 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    We expect better from footballers. The AFL and NRL are constantly attacked with smere and innuendo, by gossip, by editorial scuttlebutt.

    This week as Australia attempts to win the Tri nations Danny Wieldler has trotted out an old story “on good authority” about a scuffle between Cooper, Beale and O’Connor. WHY?

    You can ask whether these allegations against the MHR for Dobell are being trotted out, to bring down a minority government or to improve the transparency of government.

    Why is NRL and AFL so incensed at protecting the image of the game, when government has such lax standards. Our parliamentarians are our civic leaders. For them there is a higher standard because they are given positions of authority on trust. When they breach that trust, the penalty must be severe.

    It is not up to whether the DPP wants to investigate or prosecute the Thomson credit card affair, it is up to parliament to apply proper process and protocol to maintain an adequate standard, and a sense of equity and justice.

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