Thomson found guilty

February 19th, 2014 at 6:33 am by David Farrar

News.com.au reports:

THE Health Services Union will seek to recover money from former MP , who was today found guilty of misusing union funds to pay for sex.

A defiant Thomson has denied the allegations since his arrest last January, but he was today found guilty of dozens of charges.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg found he was guilty of six charges of using HSU credit cards to pay for sex, as well as other charges including theft.

I liked Julia Gillard, but her defence of Thomson and refusal to move quicker against him was appalling judgement, and rightly damaged her Government.

Mr Thomson’s defence barrister, Greg James, QC, said Mr Thomson did not deny making the transactions but argued about his authority to do so.

The defence was that as a union boss, Thomson could spend union funds on whatever he deemed necessary.

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21 Responses to “Thomson found guilty”

  1. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    I liked Julia Gillard…

    Are you kidding? The red-haired comrade was awful and wasteful.

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  2. tas (625 comments) says:

    I too thought Gillard was a very capable PM… by Australian standards.

    Brilliant defense. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLPM-P7mNQw

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  3. big bruv (13,888 comments) says:

    Speaking of union corruption, has Matt McCarten paid his tax yet?

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  4. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Gillard, simply out of her depth and corrupt to the core. That is, a fairly typical politician. I would say that she doesn’t deserve any plaudits as PM, she appeared to be a “capable” minister but as PM she was inept and only good at dirty tricks and showtime. Remember the riotby the aboriginal protestors in Canberra after a member of her staff tried to get them to go after Abbott by telling them that Abbott said something he didn’t ? Perhaps the nastiest little political trick played in Australia, it backfired fairly spectacularly; but the staffer ? Sent to London in a well paid position instead of having the book thrown at him; almost certainly because the impetus for the move originated well above him.

    And her “misogyny” speech, not spontaneous but pre-written by someone else and full of quite deliberate lies. She wasn’t attacked because she was female but because she was corrupt, incompetent, and a disgusting human being.

    I trust that the current police investigation into the deliberate union frauds she was involved in back in the 1990’s result in her being prosecuted, struck off, and with luck, sent down as she deserves.

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  5. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Thomson was born in NZ. He was a corrupt vile union thug and a user of prostitutes. But in return we got Russel Norman who has promised to corrupt the justice system in return for political favours, so Australia got the better of the swap.

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  6. Gerard Barry (28 comments) says:

    David, there was nothing likeable about Gillard, she was a creature of the trade unions. She was totally under their influence and one of those unionists was……….drumroll…………Craig Thomson, convicted union thug.

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  7. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    I watched Kathy Jackson interview on sky last night who blew the whistle and the interference she suffered from the Union and politicians including Bill Shorten. She made the point that the Royal Commission is necessary as internal processes can stop matters getting before the Police but a Royal Commission can summon people to make a statement the police cannot. Yet Bill Shorten and the Labour Party oppose the Royal Commission. The public have got wind of this and Shortens ratings have crashed.

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  8. Kimble (4,438 comments) says:

    I liked Julia Gillard,

    Which did you like the most?
    – screaming “mysogyny!” to counter every criticism of her and her government?
    – abolishing the ABCC and allowing union corruption?
    – her attack on the free press (but only the free press that was questioning her and her government?)
    – how she got two journalists fired for reporting the truth?
    – how she destroyed the live cattle trade for Australia?
    – how she lied about introducing a carbon tax?
    – how she tempted 1000+ people to their deaths at sea, with a policy that OBVIOUSLY would do so? And then refused to accept responsibility for it?

    Yeah, so very likable.

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  9. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Unions…. Take money from low paid workers and donte it to highly paid politicians so highly paid politicians don’t need to use their own money for their political “advertising”…. So unions transfer wealth from the 99% to the 1% …

    This guy actually did a good thing spending low paid workers money on sex – he didn’t donate it to the 1% !!!!!

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  10. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    “This guy actually did a good thing spending low paid workers money on sex ”

    He screwed the workers by day, he screwed the workers by night.

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  11. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    RightNow

    Well at least the money ended up in the hands of other working people rather than being used to allow “rich pricks” to keep their own money while spending the labour of low paid workers !!!!!

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  12. tvb (4,421 comments) says:

    It was an affront to human decency to have low paid workers having their pay deducted to give money to Thompson to do what he likes including paying for prostitutes. Gillard and Shorten and others blocked any attempt to bring this to Justice.

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  13. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    tvb

    Gillard and Shorten and others blocked any attempt to bring this to Justice.

    They didn’t want to kill the golden goose …. It’s different when Labor do it !

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  14. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    tvb

    It was an affront to human decency to have low paid workers having their pay deducted to give money to Thompson to do what he likes including paying for prostitutes. highly paid politicians so they don’t need to spend their own money on political advertising …..

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  15. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Thompson deserves the longest possible sentence available, HSU is supposed to represent some of the most vulnerable and low-paid workers. He’s a stain on unions in Australia (which are clearly very inconsistently run compared with my direct experience in NZ). As to Gillard, I agree her dealings with Thompson reflect badly on her. I also agree some elements of her administration were lacking, however she is easily one of the most effective legislators of the last decade. Her record is remarkable e.g. NDIS, health reforms, comprehensive education reforms…

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  16. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    Pond scum behaving true to form again. Don’t hold your breath waiting for National to form a Corruption Commission though.

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  17. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Paul, the education reforms are a joke, so was the mining tax, so was the carbon tax debacle; the health reforms were also very badly conceived and another debacle in the making. She was the original faeces fairy when it came to legislation, everything she touched turned to shit. She as breathtakingly incompetent; and dishonest at a level rarely seen even amongst Australian politicians.

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  18. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Ed, I’ve no idea what particular insight or experience you have in Australian policy, I’ve got a fair bit, lots of it in education. The education reforms are unquestionably comprehensive and generally strongly supported by parents, state governments and many unions. The reforms range from ECE through to higher education and everything in between. Your comment suggests you’ve got little information but lots of bias, my guess is from narrow reading of blogs written by hacks with no direct experience… then again, I could be wrong, feel free to elaborate your experience of politics in OZ.

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  19. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Paul, I’ve no doubt the unions like it, the basic premise as far as I could see was to spend a lot more money a good deal of which would accrue to the unions and their members. Some parents might like it as it promises all sorts of things with that cornucopia of money. What it doesn’t seem to do is actually offer reasonable ways to actually improve the education of children. And the state governments supported it largely because (or so it seems to me) that all this new money was federal and not state derived. In other words, there was a certain amount of delusion and a lot of self interest.

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  20. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    Ed. I’m not sure which reform you refer too. The comprehensive review of ECE and the new quality framework and pre-service professional development. The implementation of myschools in all public and private schools and report of national assessment data. The reform of the VET sector, including offering entitlements and more private investment (which is seeing more and higher participation at declining cost to governments). Or is it the investment in infrastructure… perhaps it’s the uncapping of funding for higher education… any of these?

    Ed, I don’t think you have sufficient knowledge to damn Gillard’s government. I’m sure there’s examples of policy you don’t like, fair enough, however she managed an incredible Leg program with, effectively, a hung parliament. That qualifies her, IMHO, as a uniquely effective legislator.

    Let’s not forget that she also managed, from a very weak position, to get bipartisan support for a national disability insurance scheme. That’s a hell of an achievement by any measure.

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  21. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Gillard

    Almost Single handedly destroyed Labour in Australia

    I watched it with my own eyes

    helped by her colleagues

    now if you are for them or not is irrelevant but you need a credible opposition
    and they are a dead duck in the water finished

    and this was part of the Comedy show Kiwis on Special Category Visas
    subsidised

    Just so you know the Aus gvt has a Vacuum cleaner to Parasite money out of NZ property
    that extends across the Tasman

    if you have worked in Aus 6 years from the sixth
    and they like saying sixth sixth
    n flish n chips

    THe SCUM THE PARASITES THE DIRT WADS

    WHILE TWEEDLE DUMB and TWEEDLE DEE talk WELFARE

    They Suck money like Vampires through Capital Gains Tax on NZ property

    That is as CORRUPT as this little LOW LIFE PARASITE

    who really should be _ _ _ ?

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