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Labor MP in prostitute 
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Prostitutes, an MP and a precarious government that can’t afford to lose someone to a scandal: the allegations against Labor MP Craig Thomson have all the elements of a intriguing screenplay.

Phone calls were made to brothels from a hotel room hired by Thomson when he was secretary of the Health Services Union, and paid for by his union credit card. It’s the latest in a string of allegations over the past few years about Thomson’s time at the HSU, including using credit cards to pay for prostitutes, withdrawing cash advances of more than $100,000 and that union money funded his election campaign.

Nick O’Malley and Phillip Coorey in The Sydney Morning Herald had the latest scoop:

On April 5, 2006 a call was made from Mr Thomson’s hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne to Young Blondes escort agency and later to Confidential Models escort agency.

On June 7, 2006 a call was made from his room at Pacific International Suites in Melbourne to an escort agency called Bad Girls.

Another bill shows that on May 15 of that year, Mr Thomson spent $805.50 on lunch at the Melbourne restaurant Langton’s. It appears only $102 was on food — $540 was for four bottles of wine and the rest on beer and coffee.

But this trio of sex, money and politics could force a minority government to election.

Labor paid Thomson’s legal bills as he launched and lost a fight against Fairfax for a 2009 SMH article that claimed he’d used a union credit card to pay for prostitutes, for withdrawing cash advances equalling more than $100,000 and that union money funded his election campaign. The original estimate of legal costs for Thomson’s defamation action was $90,000, but it has blown out.

As Andrew Clennell reports in The Daily Telegraph: “The ALP bailout of Craig Thomson could be more than $150,000 — and federal minister Mark Arbib is understood to have brokered the deal between Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office and NSW Labor

Labor’s been quietly covering the costs because  if Thomson is declared bankrupt, he is therefore unfit for office and an election forced on a embattled minority Gillard government.

In a parliament held by the slimmest majority, the political demise of a single member is enough to tip the balance and trigger a byelection that could usher in a new government,” reports Lauren Wilson in The Australian.

As Michelle Grattan notes in The Age, NSW Labor needs to be better vetting procedures for its candidates, because right now Gillard is forced to defend him simply to maintain government. Grattan writes:

Assuming, however, Thomson survives, what is Labor going to do about his preselection? An exquisite dilemma. If Labor dumps him for the next election, it would be, in effect, conceding he was not a fit candidate. But how could it run him again? That would be extraordinarily disdainful of the people of Dobell, who might have something very sharp to say about it.”

Thomson has become the new Belinda Neal of NSW Labor, says Dennis Atkins in The Courier-Mail. “Politicians crave media attention, forever suggesting story lines, news ideas and tips in an effort to get their name high up in any story. But every parliamentary term has one politician who gets lots of media attention that’s unwanted.”

If Thomson really did have his signature forged — which is what he claims — then why aren’t the NSW police involved? asks Piers Akerman in The Daily Telegraph:

“It is now time for Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione to order an investigation into this matter and put these doubts to rest.”

But as Labor heavyweight Graham Richardson notes on the precarious nature of politics in The Daily Telegraph:

He [Thomson] may survive, however, because stupidity is not a bar to holding public office. His situation is illustrative of the awful truth that scandal can rear its ugly head at any time. This government needs all its MPs to behave perfectly for whatever time they have left — and that is a very big call.”

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  • 1
    Bellistner
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    So we may finally have an MP who can organise a root in a brothel?

    If I was the LNP, I’d be very quiet about this. No doubt the Labor Dirt Squad has plenty of information they can let loose if needed.

  • 2
    The_roth
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Just goes to show you how idiots slip through the cracks to become elected officials.

    Both sides of politics must know that if you go into public life everything you’ve ever said and done, which is available on the public record, will be found and used against you.

    It really doesn’t matter whether he used these services himself or whether he just signed off on them. While doing them himself, is not illegal, is distasteful to the puritans at large, using an employers credit for them is of dubious legality.

    If someone else used them for their own purposes and he signed off on them it shows appalling management ability.

    I can’t see how he can survive this intact nor the Gillard government. It’ll be a slow burn but eventually a bi-election surely must occur and with the mood in the electorate whipped up by a right wing media Labour has bugger all chance of winning it.

  • 3
    Jean
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    There seem to be some big sums of money involved. Those prostitutes must have a really good union.

  • 4
    Modus Ponens
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    There is NO WAY he will leave his crucial seat in Parliament. Why do all media (crikey included) talk about it bringing down the government.

    You have to resign if you are convicted of a crime with a sentence of 12 months, but legal proceedings can be dragged out for two years easily, so no conviction arises.

    My prediciton is he will be asked to leave the labor party and sit as an independent supporting the minority gillard government…

  • 5
    Savonrepus
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    If a female person of authority was addressing parliament defending someone who was publicly being shamed for inter alia attending a brothel would it be inapproprate to address that person of authority as Madam?

  • 6
    Policeman MacCruiskeen
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Perfect, Bellistener.

    A functioning minority government potentially brought down by a cocksman? Ya just gotta love the NSW Right. They always leave a trail of slime to show where they’ve been. I see that the HSU offers its members ‘rewards and benefits’ but not apparently including discounts for sex services. One rule for the bosses and another for the members, eh?

  • 7
    calyptorhynchus
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Bit intrigued by Tony Abbott failing to decisively condemn Thomson yesterday.

    Perhaps his advisers told him not to bother, there’s no way Thomson can be forced out.

  • 8
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Graham Richardson - a heavy weight indeed… and yet another depraved creep comes lurching out of his Sussex Street laboratory…

    How long must we put up with this stream of odious slime?

    At some point - some day… someone must disinfect NSW Labor.

  • 9
    beachcomber
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Why the sudden interest in Thompson, when this was all aired years ago? Looks like Abbott, having failed to drag the Government to an early election on policy grounds, is now trying to knock off the weak links one by one.

    If he had any concern about the integrity of MPs, he would expel Peter Slipper, Member for Fisher, from his party. He has repeatedly been found to have his snout in the trough over 20 years in Parliament, and is again under investigation for buying hundreds of thousands worth of air tickets weeks before the last election.

    But then, Abbott and Consistency are but loose acquaintances.

  • 10
    Policeman MacCruiskeen
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Beachcomber: the state of play in Oz politics is that having one’s snout in the trough is par for the course but other appendages in other places is totally unacceptable.

  • 11
    Holden Back
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    The issue is not the legal use of prostitutes, but who paid for them, and more broadly how the union credit card was controlled. Potential bankruptcy is another, but it would seem more like propriety that political desperation for the Labor Party to support Thompson in his legal fees.

    Pace PC Maccruiskeen, Australian politics is not noted for its prudishness or hounding politicians for sexual pecadilloes. Arcing up the sleaze factor is a new card in this deck, and from radio reports yesterday makes some Liberal MPs uncomfortable. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” were the very words used.

  • 12
    TheTruthHurts
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Look, some mysterious person used this poor mans phone and rang up a brothel, booked themselves in under this individuals name, went to the brothel, used his union credit card and showed his photo license ID (must have been wearing a Mission Impossiblesque mask) and booked themselves in multiple times for a rub down.

    They then returned the mobile phone, credit cards and license ID back into the pocket wallet of the individual accused without him knowing anything.

    They then did this a dozen or more times.

    All completely and totally explainable…. if you believe in BS.

  • 13
    geomac
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    If Peter Reith can survive so can Thompson. Reith illegally used his government PIN card , illegally abused his own IR laws and made patently false statements regarding children overboard. Only a few months ago he nearly became the Liberal party president, work that one out.
    Abbott is doing the Howard thing of letting others do the dirt while pretending to appear above the pack. He can,t say much about the politicians register because he failed for two years to declare a 700,000 dollar loan. As has been already commented on, this Thompson thing had already been aired years ago and has no bearing on his performance as an MP. I see Prosser is now the one in WA for raising party funds. Good choice as he never let being an MP get in the way of decalring his interests and making a buck.

  • 14
    leone
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    If every politician who has ever paid for a prostitute with a credit card was forced to resign we’d see the place full of empty seats.

  • 15
    Son of foro
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Is Richo still fond of a sandwich?

  • 16
    Go for it!
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Nice try from the LNP muckrakers but the Lady aint for turning!

  • 17
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Hello, what is the story? He was not an MP and acting a gift from his own party is not a crime.

    Honest to god, why are all the media jumping on the non-story of the year?

  • 18
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    PC MacCruiskeen,

    I am appalled that you would impugn the dignity and peccadillos of our pollies with this insincere slur - snouts in the trough while inserting appendages?… anatomically difficult, not to say damned uncomfortable - Like the Kama Sutra meets Animal Farm.

    What has happened to those juicy scandals of yore - the rent boys, the keelers, the cottage industries so favoured by our shock jock supremo? Is it all that Abbott can scrape up - this new found (and hopefully passing) concern about the funds of a union of low paid hospital workers and the manner in which this seemingly excessive recreation and entertainment allowance was applied? Lunching, ladies and lotsa booze? Who’d he think he was - Chairman of the Board??? Some mining executive?

    No, not even that - it’s about NSW Labor paying his legal bills and whether - hope against hope - that this can provide a trigger for a by-election and give Tony that one extra critical seat.

    Politics - it’s a grubby business - but even we must acknowledge that NSW Labor produces the most grotesque grubs money can buy.

  • 19
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Graham Richardson and others warned ALP about this before the 2010 election pre-selection, and the ALP still selected the alleged member!

    I heard that 60 Minutes is doing the story and that one of the ‘ladies’ has agreed to be interviewed and confirm the identity of the alleged person. This should top the ratings, unless another injunction is sought, and I rate that a 90% chance of better, given the stakes.

    @ Geomac. You are incorrect. The alleged Member involved was on radio 10 days ago answering questions, which evidence may prove is untrue, so its relevant TODAY. Also alleged members comments to Fair Work Australia.

    One thing for sure, the ALP will have a new candidate for Dobell, bank on that for next election / by- election

    Best case for Labor is that they expel alleged member, and he sits on cross benches and support them for supply.

    Could this be the catalyst for Windsor and Oakeshott to awake and use this an their excuse to switch votes?

  • 20
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    The man used a brothel or two, so what? It’s the manner of payment which stinks. What was the creep trying to prove to his mates when putting the A/c on his union credit card; how big a man he was? Just another greedy and cretinous politician with a nasty cheap soul. (If anything proves his cheapness it’s the $540 for four btls of wine and $102 on food). If he wants to carry on like the local stray cat, good luck to him. The fact that he does so and charges the public for his squalid behaviour is indefensible. The double fact is that Craig Thomson knows the government is -to put it kindly-on a knife-edge, yet he risks it all because he wants to prove his ‘masculinity’-is that the word I want?

  • 21
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    TTH: You seem to be very well versed in this sort of behaviour?

  • 22
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Suzanne …

    Gasp … one of the ladies has “agreed” … no I’d reckon it’s one of the ladies has been paid… as usual I guess.

    Still for this scandal to have legs for Abbott he’s gotta argue that the MP is legally unfit for parliament and that having the NSW ALP (Richo’s former mates) pick up the tab somehow is either unlawful or doesn’t affect his bankruptcy.

    I’m waiting for the security guard from some Adelaide shop to describe how he snagged a lightfingered senator behaving like she was a Tottenham shopping spree or the breathless blow by blow accounts of Peter Slipper’s frantic flight bookings before the last election….

    Gotta love the meeja doncha?

    Paying whores is bad enough - but when they are as ugly as Richo? Disgusting.

  • 23
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    @ Venise Alstergren

    he wants to prove his ‘masculinity’-is that the word I want?

    No its stupidity.

    Just like the alleged Sydney Hoax Bomber in custody in Kentucky, the alleged Member for Dobell has demonstrated he is stupid, by leaving a credit card trail. Further, he goes on National Radio 10 days ago, answers questions in an incorrect way, as they showedby his mobile phone records!!! He is digging himself a hole in quick sand.

  • 24
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    @ Peter Ormonde

    Unsure if paid, but her face will not be shown, as she fears for her life, given the significance. Looks like her voice will be altered as well.

  • 25
    Jolyon Wagg
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    leone

    If every politician who has ever paid for a prostitute with a credit card was forced to resign we’d see the place full of empty seats.

    I disagree. I am sure many of then would have paid with cash.

  • 26
    TheTruthHurts
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    The man used a brothel or two, so what? It’s the manner of payment which stinks. What was the creep trying to prove to his mates when putting the A/c on his union credit card; how big a man he was?

    Yep it’s the 100G’s racked up on the Union Credit Card thats the issue.

    That sounds like Class A fraud to me.

    And remember Union money isn’t Labor money, Union money is member money. I don’t think the Union members were paying their yearly memberships for rub and tugs, the presidential suites at posh hotels and $400 restaurant bills for Union heavies.

    Then we have the defamation action against Fairfax media by Thompson. He dropped the case and now it’s claimed he was out of pocket to the tune of $150K for court costs. Now the Labor Party is bailing him out(more union member money) so he doesn’t go bankrupt. Well you’d think Labor would have warned him not to pursue the case if it looks like he’d lose, especially when he doesn’t have the funds to do so.

    Hello, what is the story? He was not an MP and acting a gift from his own party is not a crime.

    What about using union money to live the high life?

    I’m pretty sure that’s a crime.

  • 27
    TheTruthHurts
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    If Peter Reith can survive so can Thompson.

    Fair enough.

    All Thompson needs to do is repay the roughly $100K he spent on rub and tugs, hotel rooms and meals racked up on the credit card.

    Afterall Peter Reith paid off his sons phone card debt, thats called taking responsibility.

    Thompson should be forced to sell his house, car and shirt off his back to pay off his debt. I wanna see this guy riding the bus into work everyday and wearing a $5 suit with gravy stains from St Vinnies.

    He should be made responsible for his actions just as Peter Reith was.

  • 28
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Suzanne …

    She’s probably ashamed… appearing on the same show with Richo. I’m hoping he wears a brown paper bag over his head myself.

    But like I said - save for criminal charges coming out of the union credit card stuff (which, while unseemly, probably wasn’t technically illegal and seems to have died down now that it’s all been “paid back” by Mr Sleaze’s doppelganger) - he’s probably not going to end up in the slammer. Sadly.

    Tony’s real issue revolves on whether someone who gets bailed out by his ALP mates downtown is still a bankrupt. And that’s a hard one to win. Still he’s a tryer your Tony and he’s very comfortable on a mucky track.

  • 29
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Truthie…

    Afterall Peter Reith paid off his sons phone card debt, thats called taking responsibility.”
    “Sons” … no it’s “Son’s”
    “That’s” Truthie not “thats”
    “Afterall” is not one word… two, truthie, two
    More care required on the punctuation, in future.

    I’m adopting a “one broken window/zero tolerance” approach to your grammar, spelling and punctuation from now on. If Tottenham and the English rioting season has shown us all one thing, it is how standards must - simply must - be maintained!

  • 30
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    @ Peter Ormonde

    She is not on Rich’s show, she is on 60 Minutes I hear. Richo maybe being interviewed, I am not sure. I am not sure if its Sunday night or Sunday week.

    I would tip they will say Sunday week, and show Sunday night, so injunction can’t happen…. and not advertise it.

  • 31
    Son of foro
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I wanna see this guy riding the bus into work everyday and wearing a $5 suit with gravy stains from St Vinnies.”

    Usually I consider you lower than a mangy alley cat with fleas.

    But right now I love you like a brother.

  • 32
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    @leone

    If every politician who has ever paid for a prostitute with a credit card was forced to resign we’d see the place full of empty seats.

    I disagree. I am sure many of then would have paid with cash”.

    Correct - there was a report on a Current Affairs show (not ACA or TT) several years ago about how many high priced establishments there are in Canberra alone. I guess its for Consular staff!!!

  • 33
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Suzanne…

    I’m not sure what the source of outrage is here:

    a man paying for sex with a woman;

    a man using his union’s funds to pay for sex; or

    a man having his legal bills covered by the NSW Labor Party so he can avoid bankruptcy.

    Please choose one.

    I actually think there are solid arguments in favour of politicians using the services of prostitutes: aside from picking up career advice from a real professional, there is little chance of reproduction, which I’m sure you’ll agree should be avoided at all costs, also unlike the lobbyists, industry groups and so on that politicians are forced to deal with, a simple working girl will just settle for money - they don’t want your soul or your vote.

  • 34
    Policeman MacCruiskeen
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    PO @ 3:13: Richo with a paper bag over his head? No, he’s a walking, talking argument for the full burqa.

  • 35
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    @ Peter Ormonde,

    I will choose a few of the alleged

    1. a man using his Union’s funds to pay for sex

    2. a man lying about it to conceal use of Union funds

    3. not reporting ‘stolen’ credit card, drivers licence, mobile phone in the use in a crime (fraud) - namely having his signature forged on credit card slip in the brotherl and producing false identity (his drivers licence). I would assume that the brothel thought the photo on his NSW drivers licence that expired on 31/7/11 was the same / similiar to the person signing, so we are now looking for a lookalike!

    4. not reporting the ‘fraud’

    5. 3 & 4 are what he alleges happened, if this is untrue, then he is now allegingly not telling the truth about it to conceal - miss appropriation of MEMBERS funds. I saw reports ( 10 days ago) that a HSU Union member has now lodged complaint with NSW Police.

    This is the biggest scandle to hit Australian Politics since the Milton Orkorpolous affair (where the Central Coast Labor MP was jailed recently). At a Federal level, you would need to go back to the Colour TV affair in the 1980’s (Liberal MP ) or Cairns (Labor MP) affair in 1970’s.

  • 36
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    TTH: You happily quote me on the first comment I made…”” “”The man used a brothel or two, so what? It’s the manner of payment which stinks. What was the creep trying to prove to his mates when putting the A/c on his union credit card; how big a man he was? “” “” Before agreeing with me. Meanwhile you ignore my next comment…. to you..”” “”TTH: You seem to be very well versed in this sort of behaviour?”” “”

    Isn’t this called selective memory recall?

  • 37
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Venise…

    On which end of these transactions do you believe Mr Truthie has such expertise?

  • 38
    TheTruthHurts
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Before agreeing with me. Meanwhile you ignore my next comment…. to you..”” “”TTH: You seem to be very well versed in this sort of behaviour?”” “”

    I have NEVER paid for a prostitute.

  • 39
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    PETER ORMONDE: I submit the TTH’s own words, without bias…..”“And remember Union money isn’t Labor money, Union money is member money. I don’t think the Union members were paying their yearly memberships for rub and tugs, the presidential suites at posh hotels and $400 restaurant bills for Union heavies.”“

    Nuff said?

  • 40
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    PS: Unless terms such as “rubs and tugs” The knowledge of “Presidential suites at posh hotels”, “$400 restaurant bills for Union heavies”” are knowledge available to any member of the Oz public?

  • 41
    GocomSys
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    With TTH and BLAKE it’s always a race to the “bottom”!
    I shall better “butt” out now before it get’s worse.

  • 42
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    @ Gocomsys

    With TTH and BLAKE it’s always a race to the “bottom”!
    I shall better “butt” out now before it get’s worse.”

    Is that where we will find you with blinkers and ear muffs on? Or are you hiding in the PM & Cabinet media spin room, like some others!!

  • 43
    geomac
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    SUZANNE BLAK

    Is that where we will find you with blinkers and ear muffs on? Or are you hiding in the PM & Cabinet media spin room, like some others!!

    Goco has a valid point but you somehow make it Labor and cabinet. Have a good think and refer to any posts that had a reasonable response to a Crikey article from you or truthie. Its all a repeat of the slogan bogans mantra and usually has no bearing on the actual article. Thats what gets me and why TTH no longer even gets a glance. No matter what the topic TTH goes off on the same tired theme with you not far behind. Even when you attempt some relevance you ignore what you find difficult to argue against and refer to something else. Reith , Wood , Wooldridge and the MRI scam , thats nothing to you. How about Howard bailing out his brother , using public funds , to cover malfeasance ? No comment because that doesn,t fit the agenda but a reply will sideline and push back to your agenda. That I believe is the bottom Goco was referring to . Hey how about a comment on Abbott supporting carbon tax ? I have a video clip of him saying it on Sky , care to comment ?

  • 44
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    @ Geomac

    Whats valid?

    We are talking about “Labor MP in prostitute scandal by Amber Jamieson”

    What slogan bogan matra.

    I posted new information about 60 Minutes story and the witness.

    In the latest post I was responding to @Peter Ormonde question and made the comments it was the biggest scandal since Orkorpolous in politics and way back events on BOTH side of politics from decades ago

  • 45
    Oscar Jones
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    shepherdmarilyn is right. A total non-story and he will remain an MP until the next election as Belinda Neal did.

    (Does anyone take notice of Piers Akermann or Michelle Grattan ?)

  • 46
    Oscar Jones
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Earth to wowsers and the Liberal/National Party.

    If you really believe you are on a winner with this one perhaps you need to place a blanket ban on visits to Canberra bordellos. They’ve all got security cameras and no doubt someone has paid by credit card.

    he is without etc etc”..is more than apt. This could be the worst own goal imaginable and backfire spectactularly which is why several Liberal MPs are very nervous.

  • 47
    Peter Ormonde
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Policeman MacCruiskeen,

    Cor … Richo in a burqua … where’s me credit card?

  • 48
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    @ Oscar Jones

    Belinda Neal did not commit a criminal offence, unless you mean kicking the opposition soccer girl that was alleged. At Iguana’s she allegedly said, “Do you know who I am and then denied it”

    With Mr Thompson we have alleged fraud on a financial instrument, alleged conceiling fraud on a financial instrument, alleged missapropriation of funds. A much higher category of offence.

    If any politician commits and offence and is found guilty, they should do. that includes DUI in my mind. Its a criminal offence.

  • 49
    geomac
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    In the latest post I was responding to @Peter Ormonde question and made the comments it was the biggest scandal since Orkorpolous in politics and way back events on BOTH side of politics from decades ago

    Decades ago ? Children overboard is of no import ? Prosser and six other MPs being demoted in first term of Howard government because they couldn,t stick to standards. Was it Wood who was involved with someone outside his marriage and appeared on front pages, Wood something like that.
    You demonstrate my point in that this in your eyes is the biggest scandal for decades, no alleged this time I note. Valid ? You ask whats valid. Well the comment Goco made about you which was what I was commenting on. I.ve been on this merry go round before but just for once please comment on any one of the various ” scandals ” I have mentioned and compare them to the alleged scandal in the article. BTW I,m not defending Thompson just the assumption that he has done anything wrong concerning his position as a parliamentarian. As long as he has the sup[port of the party he would appear to be safe. After the Howard years that means Labor merely has to have the same standards to support him.

  • 50
    Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    TTH: Naturally you leap in to the least important aspect of Craig Thomson’s behaviour..”“I have NEVER paid for a prostitute.”” What does it matter whether he slept with a prostitute or three? What does matter is his using other people’s money
    to pay for his antics; and lying to his constituents. Thereby risking another general election. (with a predictable outcome-thanks to the right-wing hysteria generated by Tony Abbott, et al)

    Grow up purlese….

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