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Apr 4, 2012

The no man’s land that is the Thomson saga

Welcome to the no man's land that is the Craig Thomson saga, a story that has already taken up way too much space in the nation's political consciousness,

Welcome to the no man’s land that is the Craig Thomson saga. This story has already taken up way too much space in the nation’s political consciousness, but the government’s razor-thin majority in minority government means it’s not set to abate any time soon.

This is what we know as a result of the Fair Work Australia investigation that’s finally been completed — three years and 1100 pages later, it’s not much:

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10 thoughts on “The no man’s land that is the Thomson saga

  1. zut alors

    I swear that maniacal dictators mass murdering their citizens in recent times have received less media coverage than this Thomson soap opera.

    I agree: please, DPP, end it now, the public can only take so much.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    We already know that Kathy Jackson’s former husband, Michael Williams and one other official have been named.

    Thomson has not to date.

    Anyone would think the poor devil had murdered his granny the way the media are carrying on turning it all into a stupid game of politics.

    I don’t remember the outrage by Abbott over the corrupt behaviour of the newly righteous Peter Reith.

    There will be no criminal charges laid, we already know that.

    IN SA a factory killed three workers due to negligence and paid small fines.

    Get over it.

  3. eric

    Yep what about Liberal Senator Fisher who WAS charged with theft?

    BTW its the Murdoch gutter press thats squealing the most about Thompson hoping to get their lovechild phoney Tony into the Lodge!

  4. Whistleblower

    Shepherd Marilyn

    Thomson did not murder his granny, he allegedly stole members funds for his own own personal use, and because Gillard is dependent on his vote, Labor and its political apparatchiks will use any trick in the book to avoid Thomson Having to address criminal charges which could cost him his seat and the government its majority.

    We all know that Gillard would sleep with the devil to stay in power, and protecting a corrupt union official is small beer compared to her “prostitution” to Brown and the Greens, and her treachery to Rudd and Wilke.

    Until the DPP ( probably not a labour stooge) examines the evidence we have no indication as to whether criminal charges will be laid or not.

  5. Brett Wright

    Given the statement issued by the DPP this afternoon, one is left wondering what Fair Work Australia spend three years investigating – it certainly did not include deciding what best to do with its 1100-page report when it was finished.

  6. shepherdmarilyn

    The real question is why fairwork could investigate anything that may or may not have happened before fair work even existed.

  7. Gerry Hatrick, OAP

    [he allegedly stole members funds for his own own personal use]
    Who is alleging that? Someone who rang their mate at the NSW DPP perhaps?

    And for the rest of your “sentences”, I trust you left your bias at the door when you started typing?

  8. David Hand

    “He allegedly stole members’ funds for his own personal use” is exactly what this investigation is about.

    But as with most issues like this, it’s not the original act that is the issue, it’s the cover up. No man’s land? Boredom? The way that FWA has handled it carries all the hallmarks of a corrupt fix and the stench of the Thompson saga will hover round the Gillard government right up to the next election. It will probably cost seats. That’s not boring, trivial, and is rightly high in the nation’s political consciousness.

  9. geomac

    FWA concerns are to do with industrial laws and the workplace and is not a police organisation such as the FDA or state police . As with the deaths of installation workers its the perception the coalition and murdoch press are about , not facts . Four deaths were convenient to arouse emotion about a policy but the fatalities were never a concern only a vehicle . Why else would the culpability of the contractors responsible never mentioned by those crying crocodile tears . Mention industrial manslaughter and you will hear howls of protest from the very same ones claiming sympathy for dead workers .
    Release the findings as long as it doesn,t prejudice anyones possible chance of a fair trial if that evenuates , facts not opinions . Reveal why Abetz faced no criminal charges for the email fraud and Reith for the phone fraud . Its apparently not sufficient that no charges were laid when the act is known to have been perpetrated as we need to know why by reading the investigating report . Lets also reopen the AWB inquiry but this time have terms of reference that include rather than exclude the ministers who were responsible for the portfolios that were concerned with policing bribes etc . No second jeopardy type action there as the ex ministers were never in the frame .
    Lets face it , the whole thing would be a page four piece if not for a minority government and an amoral opposition . Justice and the rule of law ? No integrity , no ethics and no morals by those shouting the loudest only base opportunism .

  10. David Hand

    You’re whistling in the dark, GEO.

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