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Craig Thomson’s Latest $100,000 Cash Grab!

May 16, 2013

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  • Craig Thomson’s Latest Cash Grab: you do know that we’re paying for it?
  • Denies he’s doing it for the money
  • Still surviving on $60 in the bank (apparently)

Craig Thomson claims that he is the underdog when he recontests the seat of Dobell as an independent, but insists he is not running in the election for the money.

If Mr Thomson loses his seat on September 14, he stands to gain up to six months’ pay in a resettlement allowance that can be paid to MPs who are defeated at an election.

Craig Thomson was suspended from the ALP last year but says it has been his decision to quit the party and contest the election as an independent.

He told Gutter Trash reporters earlier today that his constituents in his NSW Central Coast seat had “urged him to stand again” and his family have also supported the move.

The embattled MP is facing civil and criminal charges relating to his alleged misuse of Health Services Union funds when he was national secretary.

He has repeatedly declared his innocence.

Mr Thomson said he arranged a meeting with the ALP’s NSW general secretary Sam Dastyari last week to tell him he would be standing as an independent.

According to Mr Thomson, Mr Dastyari invited the independent MP to stand for preselection in Dobell and raised the issue of redundancy entitlements if he was beaten.

”Sam made it clear that if I wanted to stand for preselection I could do so, and if the party didn’t preselect me, I would be entitled to redundancy,” Mr Thomson said.

”I didn’t feel in any sense that Sam was trying to induce me to take a particular course of action, he was advising me as to what I [would] be entitled to under different circumstances.”

On Thursday, Mr Dastyari appeared to contradict this account with the tweet:

”Craig Thomson’s membership of the Labor Party was suspended a year ago. You can’t contest a preselection if you are suspended.”

Earlier today, the Federal Opposition tried to force Mr Thomson to make a statement to parliament on the issue of ”inducements”, but Labor blocked the move.

Shadow attorney-general George Brandis later said he had written to Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus asking him to investigate the matter.

Senator Brandis referred specifically to a claim reported in a News Limited newspaper that Mr Thomson ”rejected an offer from the NSW Labor Party to allow him to be beaten in a Labor preselection contest – a move which would have qualified him for the politician’s equivalent of a six-month redundancy worth up to $100,000”.

Senator Brandis said that if this was true, then a person or persons within the ALP had sought to induce Mr Thomson to undergo a ”sham preselection process for the purpose of fraudulently increasing his severance entitlements”.

Senator Brandis suggested that this breached sections of the Criminal Code and Commonwealth Electoral Acts.

Mr Thomson said he was entitled to a similar payment regardless of whether he lost the Labor preselection or stood for Dobell and lost as an independent.

”There’s no material advantage in either of those things,” he said before insisting that “the money was not much of a consideration” for him.

”The money, all those options, haven’t been much of a consideration, which is why I went through with what happened with Sam Dastiaryi,  they are not the motivations for me in terms of this.”

He acknowledged that he would be an underdog but said he could get some ”big wins” for the Central Coast simply by standing on September 14, particularly around the issue of water supply.

He added that his decision to stand also reflected his innocence when it came to allegations he had misused union funds.

”Someone who thinks they’re going to be found guilty or has committed a crime isn’t going to put their hand up to stand for public office,” he said.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard told reporters in Canberra that the people of Dobell would ”express their views on September 14”, noting that Mr Thomson was suspended from the Labor Party ”some time ago”.

 

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 16, 2013 3:52 pm

    Reb, you’ve got this arse-up. Thomson is not going to lose. He will win Dobell with an increased majority.

    Thomson is right to leave the Labor leprosarium. He is a person of principle and should not have his reputation tarnished by association with a party so compromised, so incompetent and so widely hated by all decent Australians.

    He is revered throughout Australia, particularly in Dobell. He will have an army of HSU workers helping him throughout the campaign – ordinary working people who feel privileged to have this opportunity to support such a selfless champion of working people.

  2. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 16, 2013 3:58 pm

    SB

    Mate, surely it is a sad day for Labor when Craig Thompson is seen as having more morals than the Labor party.

    You know you could be right.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    May 16, 2013 4:03 pm

    Don’t they slaughter pigs when they’ve been at the trough too long …

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    May 16, 2013 4:05 pm

    And I know what I’d do with Brandis …

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 16, 2013 10:51 pm

    Craig seems to be doing the right thing by the party that preserved him in parliament, paid his legal bills and suffered the damage for his proven alleged dishonesty.

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 17, 2013 1:45 pm

    So Craig isn’t resigning, the ALP will expel him!

    So to recap, he was able to remain an ALP member following-

    *Bullshit about ‘a confidential settlement’ of a defamation claim, which was actually just him surrendering
    *Proof to satisfy any reasonable person that he’d misused his position of trust with the union
    *Breaking his commitment to make a comprehensive statement
    *Having about 5000 findings against him by FWA
    *Being charged by the police

    …but he’s expelled because he didn’t fall into line with the demands of the ALP that he participate in a sham preselection!

    That’s the ALP for you, always on the side of principle.

  7. May 17, 2013 2:15 pm

    But he’s innocent…..!!!

  8. Meta permalink
    May 17, 2013 2:19 pm

    (Alternatively, expression of intent to run for election as an independent candidate clearly is incompatible with continuing membership of said political party; which party presumably has explicit rules about said processes, including any internal preselection matters, or suspensions of memberships, etc. Maybe it’s one of those due process thingies, again; either way, but not both ways.)

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    May 17, 2013 2:41 pm

    Wot,M, said … (I think) …

  10. May 17, 2013 3:04 pm

    I don’t care what any of you people say with your so-called “facts”the reality is that Craig’s AS GUILTY AS SIN!!!

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 17, 2013 3:34 pm

    On the other hand a more likely scenario (according to Wicks etc) is that 10 years ago-
    *Michael Lawler decided that he’d make friends with a lowly public service clerk, in the hope that one day the clerk would be promoted as an investigator, and Lawler would be able to influence the investigation
    *Kathy Jackson lined up some prostitutes to issue fake receipts on poor Craig’s credit card. This was on the off chance that Craig became an MP.
    *Craig tried and tried to stop all the misbehaviour of that Kathy Jackson
    *Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson

  12. Evil Walrus permalink
    May 17, 2013 3:46 pm

    Fuck I hope you backup your laptop every hour ToM.

    I’d hate to hear that you have suddenly lost all your bullet points that you have compiled over the years

    LOL

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    May 17, 2013 3:47 pm

    I’d hate to hear that you have suddenly lost all your bullet points that you have compiled over the years

    He’s only got a dozen .. he just keeps repeating them … 😉

  14. May 17, 2013 4:11 pm

    LOL @ TB

  15. Evil Walrus permalink
    May 17, 2013 4:29 pm

    So Thommos is going to get a $100K redundancy from Parliament if he runs and it does not matter if he loses or not.

    So that means Oakshott and Windsor will also run as well if just to pick up a redundancy

  16. grodo permalink
    May 17, 2013 5:09 pm

    The electorate won’t be kind to the independents, if they are only in it for the money. Hopefully the msm will ridicule them in advance, to shame them into not running.

  17. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 17, 2013 5:16 pm

    “to shame them into not running.”

    Trouble is people will then say they are cowards for not running.

  18. May 17, 2013 5:46 pm

    Catch 22…

  19. May 17, 2013 5:47 pm

    What we really need is to import as many Russian Scientists as we can support.

    They’re composed of the right stuff.

  20. egg permalink
    May 17, 2013 6:10 pm

    Russian scientists and Chinese engineers should get the country moving.

  21. May 17, 2013 6:18 pm

    😉

  22. May 17, 2013 6:19 pm

    What we really need is to sack everyone in parliament and start again.

  23. May 17, 2013 6:25 pm

    Most of em don’t inspire much confidence in their credibility, eh reb.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    May 17, 2013 6:29 pm

    So that means Oakshott and Windsor will also run as well if just to pick up a redundancy

    And a lifetime pension after 8 years in the seat (?)

    The electorate won’t be kind to the independents, if they are only in it for the money.

    What about the rest of the Dicks? Do you really think they’re init for the love?

    What we really need is to sack everyone in parliament and start again.

    Hear! fkn Hear!

    Communism is actually looking good right now!

    What a paradox – the Democratic government (I couldn’t vote for) made me work for it for two years against Communism …

    Long live CapitalismDemocracy …

  25. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 22, 2013 11:38 am

    I heard a report that Craig was loaded up with another 19 charges today, taking the total to 173.

    Last week his apologists were suggesting that charges would be dropped and the case would collapse! No wonder those dills self select out of here.

  26. Evil Walrus permalink
    May 22, 2013 11:50 am

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    Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. May 22, 2013 12:14 pm

    But he’s innocent!

    The $60 man’s latest court appearance…

    EMBATTLED MP Craig Thomson is facing 19 fresh charges in relation to allegations he misused thousands of dollars in union funds to pay for porn and prostitutes.
    The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard this morning Mr Thomson would now face 173 fraud related charges – including 19 new charges.

    The new charges allege Mr Thomson used a Health Services Union credit card to pay for R-rated movies and make cash withdrawals.

    Mr Thomson arrived at court flanked by his lawyer, but not his wife Zoe, who accompanied him at his last appearance at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in February.

    During a brief hearing lawyers for Mr Thomson requested more time to prepare for an upcoming committal hearing.

    Paul Galbally said the defence needed more time to prepare for the case that included 25 volumes of material and more than 140 witnesses.

    Granting Mr Thomson more time to prepare his case magistrate Luisa Bazzani said the complexity of the matter meant it was only fair his lawyers had ample opportunity to prepare.
    Court documents filed at an earlier hearing alleged Mr Thomson misused $42,800, allegedly using union credit cards to pay for prostitutes, R-rated movies and ATM cash withdrawals.

    Mr Thomson has vowed to vigorously defend the allegations.

    Victoria Police outlined allegations he spent more than $5000 on escort services while he was Health Services Union boss between 2002 and 2007.

    Police have alleged that Mr Thomson made seven separate payments for escort services between 2003 and 2007, including $2475.00 to Keywed, which trades as Sydney Outcalls,
    $660 to A Touch of Class and $770 to Boardroom Escorts.

    As part of his bail conditions Mt Thomson has been banned from contacting sex workers at a number of brothels including Boardroom Escorts, Tiffany’s Girls and Young Blondes.

    Outside court Mr Thomson said he could not comment because the matter was before the courts.

    But he said the proceedings had not distracted him from his parliamentary work.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national-news/victoria/craig-thomson-now-faces-173-fraud-related-charges-over-health-services-union-credit-cards/story-fnii5sms-1226648158213#ixzz2Tz3siwFg

  28. Ol' Sancty permalink
    May 22, 2013 12:23 pm

    But Reb……….Kathy Jackson…….

  29. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 22, 2013 1:04 pm

    It’s not fair to say that his backers always use ‘Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson…’ as a distraction.

    They usually accompany their comments with other evidence-
    *but he has a baby!
    *his wife has said he’s innocent
    *a poem
    *Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson Kathy Jackson
    *that bitch is on with Michael Lawler!

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    May 22, 2013 2:21 pm

    Paul Galbally said the defence needed more time to prepare for the case that included 25 volumes of material and more than 140 witnesses.

    Thank christ I won’t be called for jury service on that trial … it’ll go for months … having said that it might be over pretty quickly if just one witness can tumble the house of cards … going to be interesting …

    But he said the proceedings had not distracted him from his parliamentary work.

    Well I guess he is masquerading as a politician so he get’s to tell porkies … 🙄

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