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Craig Thomson’s home raid and what it means for Labor

The link between this morning’s raid on Craig Thomson’s family’s house and the fall of the Gillard government remains a tenuous one. There are plenty of hoops first.

This morning’s dawn raid on Craig Thomson’s home while his young family slept — pre-leaked by police to the media who wet themselves over pictures beamed to breakfast television — is highly unlikely to have any implications for the longevity of the Gillard government.

They are essentially the same credit card claims, stemming from Thomson’s five-year term as Health Services Union national secretary from 2002-2007, first raised by Mark Davis on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald way back in April 2009.

Outside his house, Thomson told journos he had “done nothing wrong”, was “fully co-operating with the police” and that he was very much looking forward to concluding the matter “before the end of the year”. His lawyer then took to Sky News to issue grave warnings about defamation.

Despite this morning’s action being executed by NSW Police on behalf of their Victorian fraud squad counterparts, Thomson was repeatedly badgered by the Bateau Bay press pack over why he had refused to sit down with the NSW Force as part of their investigation. NSW’s Strike Force Carnarvon is actually focused predominantly on the NSW branch and the merged HSUEast branch when it was under the control of Michael Williamson. It is also investigating, at a lower level, allegations of malfeasance in the NSW branch of the HSU when Thomson was assistant secretary from 1999 until 2002.

Victoria Police are trained on Thomson’s period as National Secretary, as well as other claims around the Victorian No 1 and No 3 branches controlled at the time by Kathy and Jeff Jackson. There were suggestions today they were keen to get hold of Thomson’s signature to compare with old-style credit card receipts used in various brothels. Thomson has maintained in federal Parliament he was set up by union rivals.

The road from the raid to a premature Tony Abbott government is a long and torturous one, and almost certainly won’t be resolved before the next federal election. It requires the opposition to jump through at least five flaming hoops.

The constitution mandates that an MP is banned if they are convicted of a crime that carries a penalty of over a year, regardless of how much time they are actually sentenced to. So, for example, if Thomson was ever convicted of fraud or theft under the Victorian Crimes Act he would be banned from federal Parliament because that crime is “punishable” by up to 10 years in prison.

But an early exit from parliament would mean a subsequent trial and all appeals would have to be exhausted before mid-July at the latest.

The other option is bankruptcy stemming from Fair Work Australia’s civil claims lodged last week that could potentially (although probably won’t) attract penalties of up to $450,000. But as Thomson lawyer Chris McArdle and Industrial Relations academic Andrew Stewart explained last week, those could well fail on a two-year statute of limitations provision, pending the outcome of an appeal in the Toyota Materials Case currently before the Federal Court.

Assuming one or both of those bans eventuated, a byelection in Dobell would then need to be won by the Liberals’ preselected candidate Karen McNamara (held by Thomson by 5.1%).

Then, assuming Peter Slipper continues to vote with the government, Julia Gillard would still hold a 76-74 advantage in the House before the exclusion of the speaker, or 75-74 with Anna Burke in the chair.

If Slipper votes with the Coalition in a motion of no-confidence we’re getting closer to a new poll, although all indications are he won’t act to bring down the government. Andrew Wilkie has already said he probably won’t back any no-confidence motion unless it relates to a proven instance of sleaze.

Amusingly, Liberal MPs Ross Vasta, Andrew Laming and Gary Hardgrave all had their offices raided by police before the 2007 poll but none ended up facing charges.

There may well be a lot of damage to HSU finances, but it seems the worst of it occurred during post-Thomson era. Twelve days ago, Crikey revealed a $7 million hole in HSUEast’s finances — a legacy of the disastrous 2010 merger between the NSW/ACT branch and the Victorian No. 1 and No. 3 branches. The No 3 branch controlled by forces loyal to Kathy Jackson was “apparently insolvent”.

In an interview with the local Central Coast Express Advocate last week, Thomson claimed he wanted to be judged on his record with constituents and not on the media storm. Despite his suspension from Labor, he is still close to local party figures and appeared not to rule out another run next year as an endorsed candidate. While he doesn’t sit in the federal Labor caucus, Thomson is believed to have recently been invited by the Dobell Federal Electorate Council to address them. However, NSW general secretary Sam Dastyari is unlikely to countenance that possibility and has instead called for a preselection ballot to be held early next year.

The heat has also gone out of the allegations from other angles. The HSU has disaffiliated with Labor in Victoria, a move that sapped the vigor out of the feverish battle for control of the union to gain delegates at ALP state conference and in turn influence state and federal preselections.

Meanwhile, also in Victoria, the lower-level saga of the de-merged Victorian No. 1 branch elections will kick off in the Federal Court tomorrow before Justice Treacy. As first revealed by Crikey last week, secretary hopeful Diana Asmar is fighting to get her name on the ballot paper and has accused her rivals of repeatedly ignoring her membership payments in order to deny her the ability to run under internal union rules.

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  • 1
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    This won’t impact the govt’s tenure or it’s prospects for re-eletion any more than it already has - people have made up their mind on the issue and now don’t particularly care and I doubt that anyfindings will be handed down beofre next years election (or at the very least early enough for a by elecion to be held).

  • 2
    Ruprecht
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m not comfortable with cops tipping off the press before a raid in this type of investigation — Thomson is hardly Al Capone.

  • 3
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Ruprecht - I find that bit more than a little disturbing as well - questions really should be asked who tipped them off, why & what did they get in return.

  • 4
    Cyndi
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    By ‘Bateau Bay press pack’ I assume you mean Ray Hadley?

  • 5
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    And we had Craig Thomson with his usual weak excuse “It twasn’t me, honest mister!”

    If FWA had done it’s job properly this guy would be out of parliament by now.

    As to tipping off the media, seems to be standard practice in a lot of these high profile cases. It’s amazing that the Labor hacks are more worried about that then they are of someone ripping off low paid union members of 1/2 Million dollars to live the high life… ahhh.. Labor values

  • 6
    Filth Dimension
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    @Geewizzbangguffaw!!!. You really should spend less time thinking about Labor values and more time on the value of your posts.

  • 7
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Well said Filth - when Geewizz get’s some credibility by making just one factual statement regarding policy, economics or even predicting political implications of any given situation then maybe his posts may be given some weight, but I won’t be holding my breath for that to happen.

  • 8
    drmick
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Murdoch press tipped off by cops….now where has that happened before? Melbourne?………..Terrorist raid?…….Britain?……..ongoing investigations…….? Nah. It could never happen here? Could it?
    And I see the special bus has pulled into the handicap parking space early today. Wonder where Aunty Sophie & Great Great Great granny Bron took the wizzer and her speial friends today. No where near reality it seems.

  • 9
    Scott
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Despite his suspension from Labor, he is still close to local party figures and appeared not to rule out another run next year as an endorsed candidate. “

    Maybe a new definition of behaviour is required…Armstronging : To honestly believe you are innocent of an allegation, regardless of the merit or wealth of evidence that is put up against you.

    Is Craig Thomson armstronging? I’ll let others be the judge.

  • 10
    The Pav
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy

    If Geewhizz and the odious Suzanne Blake were genuine in their concerns about standards they would:-
    Express their concern about Mirabella’s conduct which certainly has a long way to go. Elder financial abise is rife and needs to be stamped out

    I mean they’re rabitting on about a cross bencher who hasn;t been convicted yet were happy for their party to contain a convicted shop lifeter who only left after further convictions.

    Liberal Party drones that they are so they lack etics to go along with their lack of policies

  • 11
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    The Pav - Not to mention good old Geoff Shaw down here in Victoria.

    Dr Mick - This article is right up Geewizz’s alley, no need to understand anything just make allegations.

  • 12
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Michael Williamson - Former ALP National President

    Craig Thomson - Former ALP Member for Dobell that has the Prime Ministers “full confidence”

    We’ve got Williamson’s daughter who was working in the PM’s office

    What a wicked little web we weave….

  • 13
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Geewizz - Geoff Shaw current Victorian Liberal MP who has the full support of the Premier.

    Sophie Mirrabella - Current Federal Liberal MP who has the full support of the Leader of the Opposition.

    John Elliott - Former President of the Federal Liberal Party.

  • 14
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Express their concern about Mirabella’s conduct which certainly has a long way to go. Elder financial abise is rife and needs to be stamped out”

    Ahhh yes the “Mirabella” leftwing talking point.

    I often hear this one but never actually hear the accusation on what she is meant to have done wrong. Apparently she was written into the will by her ex-husband BEFORE he was diagnosed with dementia, but AFTER she had left him and now the other members of the family want her cut of the will and are now crying fiddle sticks.

    I’m just trying to work out how the lefties are making this into a conspiracy I really am…

  • 15
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jimmy,

    Do you think a woman shouldn’t be allowed the proceeds of a written will just because they are much younger than the deceased person?

    Just seeing where you stand on misogyny and s-xism. And also does the same apply if the woman is much older than the man? Thanks

  • 16
    robinw
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Who ever leaked the details of this raid to the media should be fired. Where is the presumption of innocence in this leaking? Nowhere! And where is the concern for the family of Craig Thompson in this leaking? Once again, nowhere. It’s nothing but salaciousness run amok. Of course nothing will be done as bureaucracy runs rampant again and those responsible will be protected by the highest in the command.

  • 17
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Geewizz - This has nothing to do with age or s-x, Mirrabella wasn’t married to the man who left her all the money, from memory he was a former university professor or something and suddenly all the family get’s written out of the will and Mirrabella get’s written in around the same time as he developed dementia - that doesn’t sound funny to you?

    And are the actions of Shaw and Elliott just because of s-xism too.

    Instead of discussing my stance on misogyny and s-xism how about we discuss your stance on consistency?

  • 18
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy you got your facts wrong.

    He wrote the will AFTER Mirebella left him, but BEFORE he was diagnosed with dementia.

    If you and the lefties have a tin-foil hat conspiracy to tell us, then tell us.

    Otherwise this is just a case of the usual monetary sht-storm that often occurs after someones death. He wrote her into the will because the old codger probably still loved her even though she had left… is that fair to the rest of the family? Who cares. It’s his last will and testament and to me that’s all that matters. I know the left like the idea of getting someone elses money against their will(pardon the pun) but I think a Will should be respected no matter how unfair it is.

  • 19
    Jimmy
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Geewizz - You accuse me of getting facts wrong but don’t provide any, when was the will written exactly and what is the source of this knowledge - after all you said Mirrabella was married to him when she wasn’t.

  • 20
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    While the political and legal processes surrounding the Health Services Union, HSU Williams, Thomson and others is moving at a snails pace. The “young and naive” work product of our Labor Prime Minister J Gillard, helping her boyfriend set up the other rort “slush fund” are not forgotten. Ruprecht I am not comfortable with the way police ‘help out the main stream media MSM” with these stories either. Inviting MSM to be present when these raids occur, raises questions about the integrity of policing NSW.There is always a quid pro quo in these dodgy arrangements. We are well aware the MSM in Britain were caught out paying cash for access to confidential police information. We have evidence of suspect relationships where our Police select who get the media releases and tips about drug bust. Bad politics is owned by politicians and those who support them. Edward James

  • 21
    Norman Hanscombe
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Instead of criticising Craig shouldn’t we be congratulating him for (as he told the television cameras) ‘volunteering’ additional documentation to the police this morning?
    I have no doubts whatsoever that whatever Craig ‘volunteered’ TODAY will not show any wrongdoing on his part. If only Craig had acted in this manner when the issues first arose, much of the cruel speculation might have been avoided.
    As for his future in Labor, he’s still a member of the Party, and I must say that on no occasion when he visited my Branch did we have any of my fellow members criticise him. It’s possible there are local ALP members who are critical; but if so they haven’t said it to his face and, as Craig always reminds us on a not unrelated matter, we should suspend all judgment on his popularity until it’s settled in a ballot.

  • 22
    David Hand
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I think Fair Work Australia performed very effectively in moving at such a snail’s pace that the Thomson case will finally come to court when his vote is no longer needed to prop up a minority government. I can only express admiration at such a well executed process.

    Mirabella is a red herring here. Surely we can discuss Thomson’s alleged sins without party political name calling.

  • 23
    Filth Dimension
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Alleged. Exactly. What else is there to add.

  • 24
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Actually the media only showed up 20 Minutes after the police arrived.

    Seeing as CT’s home is a bit like Buckingham palace with everyone out to get piccies of the royalty this is no surprise.

    Instead of criticising Craig shouldn’t we be congratulating him for (as he told the television cameras) ‘volunteering’ additional documentation to the police this morning?”

    LOLZ! What a nice bloke… and only AFTER they raided his house. Guess what, if he didn’t give it to them, they would have taken it anyway that’s the point of a house raid.

    I’d be speculating here but the “documents” CT was nice enough to hand over to the coppers would have been a handwriting sample that Tommo boy had nicely prepared for their arrival.

    I’m sure the police will be much more interested in handwriting from CT a few years back that’s fallen out the back of the filing cabinet rather than the nicely handed over CT docs anyways.

  • 25
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    This is a witch hunt based on nothing much at all. The very most Thomson has claimed to have done is breached governance, governance he was not even responsible for as the FWA report showed.

    The idiot media still clinging to the dodgy FWA report though has gone insane, the report said in full “there were not rules, he broke them.”

    This is called persecution and you are right, the thieving started long after Thomson was out of the union.

    The thing is look at his whole life. He was in the union for 20 years, not one complaint until Kathy Jackson wanted his job.

    Why aren’t the police going after the Balano and Jackson clique whose cards show extravagant cars, holidays and the seeming theft of millions.

  • 26
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    He did behave in this manner when it was first raised, the thing is there was not a thing to answer for except that very dodgy credit slip and gossip provided by Jackson.

    This was just another staged raid, for what?

    Already FWA have spent almost $2 million, the majority of the claims against him have been discredited in various investigations, it is now just persecution.

  • 27
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    McClymont is still claiming Thomson is being sued over election funds when he has been cleared by all and sundry twice already.

    They are a pathetic packs of snakes.

  • 28
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I have been busy for well over ten years writing and protesting about how the same bad politics which has resulted in the HSU farce and the unresolved allegations exposed by Hedley Thomas identifying our Prime Minister. Bad politicsand those who support that, left me with only the peoples court of public opinion and paid access to local papers to pursue my rights to natural justice. Edward James

  • 29
    Plane
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    This raid is simply the latest in one of the longest running investigations since kurt cobain died. (And we never got to the bottom of that one either) !!

  • 30
    SBH
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    As a rule, I find David hand a nong and as a general rule I would object strongly to accusations of bias by public servants.
    In this case however he’s on the money. FWA was handed over to a bunch of ex-union hacks who laundered their CVs through the Victorian Public Service. How is it that their performance in this matter isn’t a national scandal.

  • 31
    Norman Hanscombe
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Good Shepherd Marilyn, surely it’s sexist to claim a “witch hunt”? It was a Wizard Hunt, and since Craig has shown he’s a real wizard when it comes to convincing you, he deserves credit for such a masterly effort.
    You’re correct of course when you say (and I’m pleased to quote you) “The very most Thomson has claimed to have done is breached governance”.
    Mind you, others have claimed he did much more, so it’s a shame the lad who was taken on to manage credit cards left for the U.S.A. not long after unfair accusations re the use of credit cards became newsworthy. Sadly it seems he hasn’t been able to help Craig at a time when Craig can do with all the support you and other fair-minded observers apparently want him to receive?
    There’s much more fascinating ‘analysis’ by you in your three consecutive posts, and as someone who has passing knowledge of some aspects of the shambles, I sincerely hope you and others who share your views continue to ‘defend’ Craig.

  • 32
    Oscar Jones
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    GeeWizz & Tony Abbott both need a firm lecture on what Contempt of Court actually means and although we may forgive GeeWizz not knowing who he/she is there is no excuse for a man who wants to be chief lawmaker of this country making outrageous claims on matter before the court.

    And Abbott’s demand that the government should refuse to accept the vote of a man legally elected to represent the voters of Dobell is an appalling insult to democracy.

    The police habit of tipping off the media is also a matter that needs to be checked. These coppers could always get a job advising soap stars on how to promote themselves. They look as big a gooses as minor celebs do in the end. Don’t they have any shame?

  • 33
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Why would anyone use their own credit card in a brothel, for that matter why would anyone use a credit card in a brothel.

  • 34
    Liz45
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    @Gee Wizz and others! Go tell your mate Abbott, that he should either advocate a change to our system of justice - ie innocent until proven guilty, or shut up! Simple really!

    Now IF they maintain the continuation of this system, they should say so, back off and keep their traps shut!

    Abbott and his supporters have two sets of rules - both made by the No-alition, and written by them! They mean, the Libs can engage in all sorts of sleaze etc and the system must be allowed to take care of them, but anyone else who is deemed an opponent must resign at the first hint of ‘trouble’?

    They left two years without a word. It was only AFTER the 2010 Election, when they realised they could get rid of Thomson and so take power that their ‘justifiable outrage’ came to the fore. It’s just nauseating!

    I’m for waiting for the whole thing to take its course. IF Craig Thomson is innocent in toto, then I can only imagine how stressful this must be! EVEN if he is guilty, it’s horrible!

    Isn’t it interesting to watch the so-called god loving people exercise their christian values??????????

    I hope his solicitor is keeping track of names, times and dates - for further use! And people should understand, that putting forward ‘judgements’ under an assumed name will not save them from being sued! Bring it on I say!

  • 35
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Brothels like many other legitimate businesses have swipe machines because many of their customers do use credit cards. I sometimes wonder if the “workers” were just being paid to listen to the issues of a troubled person ? Edward James

  • 36
    Liz45
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    @shepherd marilyn - Indeed! IF you were a person in the spotlight, such as a politician, you wouldn’t be that stupid?

    Those like Gee Wizz and SBH aren’t known for their ability for rational thought or common sense! They just rattle the marble in their brains and see where it lands for that day! This time it’s Craig Thomson? Pathetic!

  • 37
    Hamis Hill
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    By the way, a very good article, Andrew.
    A real service to readers.
    Elsewhere, the desecration of democracy continues.

  • 38
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Liz 45 good point. We all must wonder why the Federal opposition and their supporters are not overtly pushing for an inquiry into the “young and naive’ work product of Julia Gillard while working with Slater and Gordon, in setting up the “slush fund” her words. Politics is played out in a different place to legal matters. consider Nic Griner see pages 288-289 Butterworths Australian Legal Dictionary 1997. Who was to be found not guilty in law after appeal but long after his political career was all over red rover.( yes i know he is back on the public teet!) All politicians accept when they stand up and ask for our votes to be given in trust. They will be accept closer scrutiny than the rest of us. There is a separation of powers which permits us to consider and discuss matters of public political business. Craig Thomson is an elected rep. We the peoples may continue to discuss and consider matters of public interest. Edward James

  • 39
    Graeme Connelly
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    GraemeC
    Call that a “raid” 2 suited gents timidly knocking at the door???? no kicking the door down No pistol waving??? Methinks Macquarie dictionary need to upgrade their definition!!!!

  • 40
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Possibly it was not a “no knock warrant” Edward James

  • 41
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Just wondering about those black titanium cards issued to Thomson and Williams by the printing company which was on a very good wicket producing the HSU reports. Is it possible there may be criminal charges pursuant to the application of corporate law ? Edward James

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    fractious
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This morning’s early morning raid on Craig Thomson’s home while his young family slept — pre-leaked by police to the media who wet themselves over pictures beamed to breakfast television…”

    What!?

    Whatever Thomson is alleged to have done, where the phucq do the NSW Police get off? Is this a crminal investigation or a media event? Is it any wonder many people (alright, me then) hold both the MSM and the police in this in equal contempt?

  • 43
    fractious
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    geefizz

    It’s amazing that the Labor hacks are more worried about that then they are of someone ripping off low paid union members of 1/2 Million dollars to live the high life”

    It’s surprising that someone who seems so dedicated to rooting out corruption and misdeeds in Labor’s ranks is so blithe about the polis misusing their office. Or is it?

  • 44
    Norman Hanscombe
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Imagine my pain to return and find my last post awaiting ‘moderation’. Especially since my comment then was far more moderate than some of the (I hate to say this) rather hurtful and cruel posts which have been deemed acceptable.
    Am I too gentle?

  • 45
    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    And Abbott’s demand that the government should refuse to accept the vote of a man legally elected to represent the voters of Dobell is an appalling insult to democracy.”

    BZZT Wrong.

    The coalition did it with Mal Colston after he was accused of travel rorts. All they had to do was abstain one of their members from voting when Mal Colston voted.

    Labor just have to keep to the same high standards the Coalition did under Howard and abstain one of their members from voting. It’s quite simple really.

  • 46
    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Craig Thomsons home raid, his short statement, and what it means to Labor and others who have been disenfranchised by bad politics. Secret commissions, black amex, and no tip off from NSW police. Well fair dinkum Edward James has been publishing allegations; Gosford City Council which now enjoys after Labor were kicked out of government, the support of the Liberal State government. Gosford City Council has often been publicly accused in our local papers of misleading the State Coroner during his inquiry into the death of five people at Piles Creek Somersby. Edward James

  • 47
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    He did not rip off union members for half a million dollars.

    The claims by FWA were discredited by the AEC long ago, pity our media have such short memories.

    They carry on as if Slipper and Thomson are axe murderers with strings of dead bodies left trailing behind them.

    The AFP paid me a visit once, Amanda Vanstone complained because I said she was lying and falsely deporting the Bakhtiyari family.

    I was right.

    And where is Thomson’s high life? A small modest house on the north coast, no Volvo’s or sports cars, no rich holidays in France or anywhere else, not a single claim that he has been anything but honest and above board during 5 years in parliament.

    What this is is a witch hunt led by George Brandis who led the witch hunt against DAvid Hicks and ended up with egg on his face.

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    GeeWizz
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Whatever Thomson is alleged to have done”

    So your more worried about whether a few media vans show up in front of his place than whether he ripped off 1/2 Million dollars off poorly paid union members so he could visit ladies of the night.

    Let me guess, another Labor voter? Fighting the good fight for the ol’ boys club

  • 49
    Ronson Dalby
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Graeme Connelly, I was hoping someone would bring up this ridiculous and emotive use of the word ‘raid’. I’m sorry Crikey didn’t rise above this.

    Tactical response teams were not there breaking down doors and firing smoke and teargas grenades!

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    Edward James
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Norman Hanscombe
    Posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 5:37 pm. moderation. I know and I have no doubt others know you to be a person of some substance in our local Central Coast Community. after you stood up against Deborah O’Niell I have no political alliance, unlike yourself. I identify Labor and the Liberal Coalition as the two parties not much preferred for good reason. You may know I have published over forty pages of paid announcements in papers circulating on the Central Coast identifying my often published allegations of systemic corruption and abuse of due process by our local council. Edward James

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