Thomson arrested

January 31st, 2013 at 5:23 pm by David Farrar

The SMH reports:

Federal MP has been arrested at his electorate office and is expected to face 150 fraud charges.

Members of the NSW fraud squad on Thursday executed an arrest warrant on behalf of the Victorian Fraud and Extortion Squad.

Victorian detectives flew to Sydney this morning where they accompanied NSW police to Mr Thomson’s Central Coast electorate office. He was arrested about 1pm.

This has been a long time coming, and is no surprise. Gillard stood by him for far too long. It has been fascinating to also see the revelations about how Australian unions operate and their lavish slush funds.

A further 149 fraud charges are expected to be laid against the 48-year-old when he appears in Wyong Local Court. NSW Police said Victorian detectives are expected to apply for Mr Thomson’s extradition to Victoria.

The Victorian police have spent almost 18 months investigating claims that Mr Thomson improperly used Health Services Union funds to spend on prostitutes, air travel, entertainment and cash withdrawals in excess of $100,000.

Makes Taito Philip Field look frugal!

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17 Responses to “Thomson arrested”

  1. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    Now we know why Gillard announced the election date!

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  2. burt (8,270 comments) says:

    Labor party … MP Craig Thomson must have threatened to stand as an independent !

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  3. Redbaiter (8,882 comments) says:

    Now if only Gillard could be brought to justice.

    Funny how left wing presidents and PMs seem to be immune to the kind of media investigations that brought down Richard Nixon.

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  4. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    Funny how left wing presidents and PMs seem to be immune to the kind of media investigations that brought down Richard Nixon.

    Yes, sometimes you just wish a left-wing president would be strung up for an affair with an intern.

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  5. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    It has been fascinating to also see the revelations about how Australian unions operate and their lavish slush funds.
    …..
    Oh yeah right. No need for that when you have extremely deep pockets:

    From a past president of the Property Council.
    “Obviously the developers couldn’t buy the local politicians and public officials off fast enough in Dallas Fort Worth to overcome the zoning impediment – but they have been trying as this article Fed Up: Texas Monthly November 2007 illustrates. It goes on pretty much everywhere of course – but only illustrates how zoning tends to assist in inflating prices and stalling supply responses.”
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00303.htm

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  6. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    …while meanwhile, back in sleepy ole NZ…

    “Hey Brendan, this looks a bit dodgy… and your family are complaining. Reckon we should do anything?”

    “Officer, there’s a well-established precedent. Pledge cards, paintings… I think you’ll find that my own former leader would owe the public $158,000 if justice applied to MPs as it does to others. But we both know it doesn’t, at least not unless you’re so clumsy as to leave not even a smidgen of doubt so that you fellows can claim it’s ‘not in the public interest’, like greedy old Phil did, the silly sausage. Now how much extra did you want in the budget for your pointless ‘war on drugs’ again?”

    “Oh, righto sir. I was forgetting how some are more equal than others. Now about that new helicopter…”

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  7. All_on_Red (1,583 comments) says:

    Nice comment below from Steve Cates at Cattalaxy. Key will have the same problem
    So here is the problem facing Tony Abbott as he tries, as did Mitt Romney, to put together a package of proposals that will deal with the actual problems Australia has. In running against a party of the Left, based on Obama’s re-election campaign these are the problems he will need to keep in mind.

    They will use some of the most sophisticated analytical and statistical techniques available to uncover every grievance in every sub-constituency. They will then target these groups with promises to fix whatever problems they pick up.

    They will run a precisely targeted campaign of fear based on the threat of losing programs or payments that benefit each of these sub-constituencies.

    They will label the Coalition as representatives of a tired, old ideology based on principles no longer relevant in the twenty-first century. Misogyny, reproductive rights, religion, along with any number of issues that their analytics team has identified, will be driven whether or not there is any reality behind these fears. Labor being the party of the path of least resistance is almost never under such threats.

    They will promise what cannot be afforded and dare the Coalition not to match their supposed generosity. Criticisms about the affordability of such ideas—where’s the money coming from?—will work just as well for the ALP.

    They will invent sources of revenue that will never in reality cover the cost of their programs but which are sourced well beyond their own target constituency.

    They not only will have but will expect to have, and will be entirely dependent on, virtually the whole of the media being in their corner at every stage of the way who will cover for Labor to the fullest extent they can while ratcheting up the decibel count on any issue that might harm the Coalition.

    The Left’s incompetence and bad government are never enough to ensure its defeat. And the more that outdated notions of personal freedom and independence are moved downwards in the scale of collective values the more difficult a party of the Left will be to dislodge. The ALP has not yet lost the next election. Barack Obama, with hardly a success to his name, is still the president. Polls or no polls, who the Australian prime minister will be a year from today is yet to be determined.”

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  8. Manolo (13,774 comments) says:

    Good to see a corrupt unionist boss brought to justice.

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  9. All_on_Red (1,583 comments) says:

    That mysognist Peter Slipper ( ex Speaker of the House) will be the next to go.And the net is closing on Gillard . The police have been interviewing everyone about her involvement in the fraudulent use of a Power of Attorney to buy a house with funds fraudulently obtained.
    She has a real problem with that one.(not that you will read much about this in the Fairfax press or on any of the State owned media outlets)

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  10. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Storm clouds.

    Chickens coming home to roost.

    Knives.

    Karma for Gillard the screeching bully

    Hooorah..!

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  11. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    According to whaleoil one or more of the NZ unions have not been filing their accounts as legally required (some are years late).

    At least, I think this is the case but could be wrong.

    I don’t get how such organisations are allowed to get away with it but I must file my tax return every year or get thrown in jail.

    Maybe I’m confusing companies office filing requirements with tax filing? Not sure.

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  12. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Maybe I’m confusing companies office filing requirements with tax filing?

    Correct.

    Thomson arrested

    Substitute “Clark”, “Cullen” or “Peters”, or all three, for “Thomson”, an’ we got happy days. Thas waht ahm talkin’ ’bout!

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  13. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    About time for Thomson, what a farce.
    I think the heat will be on Gillard soon for the Ralph Blewitt power of attorney incident. That seems to have legs.

    Seems illegal immigrants are still being lured to their deaths by her policies too.

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  14. burt (8,270 comments) says:

    The big question for me is; Will the union clean out the complicit and involved or will they just promote one of them for their turn up to their ears in the trough?

    They are unionists… they all just bubble up one rung and fresh blood moves onto the bottom rung…. It’s the union way, sack the sacrificial lamb then carry on – rinse and repeat.

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  15. david (2,557 comments) says:

    AG, can you please clarify your first comment for the ignorant. Are you saying that this was clearly a pre-emptive move by Gillard to announce the election date knowing that once Thomson is arrested and possibly create a vacancy, they will not have to call a bye-election? It is interesting that (if I am correct in my assumption) the Australian media (well Fairfax anyway) make no mention of this in their analyses.

    I would have expected outrage at the least at this blatant manipulation of the electoral rules and naked attempt to retain power in the certain knowledge that the electorate would have thrown her sorry ass out of office in an instant given the chance.

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  16. James Stephenson (2,180 comments) says:

    Are you saying that this was clearly a pre-emptive move by Gillard to announce the election date knowing that once Thomson is arrested and possibly create a vacancy, they will not have to call a bye-election?

    The fact that argues against that, is that Thompson isn’t disqualified as an MP until he’s convicted of any of the charges, and the trail isn’t likely to conclude until after the election.

    I’m sure she knew and called the election so as to not appear to be being forced into that course of action by the arrest though.

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  17. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    Gillard will deny this has anything to do with election announcement the day before. No one believes that. When politicians tell these white lies they damage their credibility. Gillard does this time and time again.

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