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“I’ve Suffered Enough” says Craig Thomson

March 30, 2015

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Former federal MP, and frequenter of Australian brothels Craig Thomson, wants the Fair Work Commission’s civil lawsuit against him dismissed because he is “too mentally fragile.”

Thomson, who represented himself in the federal court on Monday, said the legal battle risked causing “serious deterioration of his mental health” and that there would be “no point in punishing him,” because he had “already suffered enough.”

In an emotional opening address, Mr Thomson, who is accused of misappropriating $243,000 of Health Services Union funds, said he contemplates ending his life every day and that his wife is too scared to leave him at home alone.

“What punishment would possibly be greater than what I’ve already been through in the past six years,” Thomson said. “This case should be dismissed.”

The Fair Work Commission is suing Mr Thomson following his misuse of Health Services Union funds.

Thomson was found guilty of 65 charges of theft and fraud last year in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, but he escaped jail time after his lawyers launched an appeal.

He said there was no public good in the case going ahead as he was in no position to pay fines and had already been through two criminal trials.

Thomson said he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and psychosis, and the trauma he had endured was exacerbated by media scrutiny.

“Without the help of mental health professionals I am not able to proceed,” Thomson said.

However Federal Court judge Christopher Jessup ruled the Fair Work Commission’s claim for compensation and damages will go ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom R permalink
    March 30, 2015 2:21 pm

    I get the impression that Thompson hasn’t suffered near enough for some people.

  2. March 30, 2015 2:27 pm

    Here’s a thought…

    Maybe if Thomson hadn’t defrauded his employer on multiple occasions over a prolonged period of offending he wouldn’t have found himself in this predicament in the first place.

  3. Tom R permalink
    March 30, 2015 2:33 pm

    Interestingly enough though reb, even Kathy Jackson, the whistleblower who started all of this, was under the impression that the card was free to be used for anything at all.

    Not saying it is right to use it that way, but it puts a big cloud over intent, does it not?

    I mean, did he purposely defraud them, or just go on the assumption, shared by the “whistleblower”, that it was his card to do with what he wanted?

  4. March 30, 2015 2:36 pm

    “”Not saying it is right to use it that way, but it puts a big cloud over intent, does it not?””

    No.

  5. March 30, 2015 2:41 pm

    The day he cried crocodile tears and lied to parliament was the day he lost any right to leniency.

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 30, 2015 2:57 pm

    “Mr Thomson, who is accused of misappropriating $243,000 of Health Services Union funds, said he contemplates ending his life every day”

    One can only hope.

    Thomson could, of course, come clean admit his misdeeds and selflessly devote himself to the cause of union reform. But then, as he is a pathological liar, it is unreasonable to expect him to tell the truth about anything.

    (And I must say it is refreshing to see Pallachook dealing with a grubby MP straight-up even though it may cost her power in the end. She appears to be the complete opposite of Gillard to whom the words honour, honesty and decency are completely unknown.)

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2015 3:26 pm

    “Interestingly enough though reb, even Kathy Jackson, the whistleblower who started all of this, was under the impression that the card was free to be used for anything at all.

    1. I didn’t even know that Kathy Jackson was in parliament!

    2. Look over there at the bitch anyway!!

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2015 3:56 pm

    Not saying it is right to use it that way, but it puts a big cloud over intent, does it not?

    No, he’s a thief, a liar and a cheat who abused his position of power at the expense of too many people …

    Why is he still on the streets anyway?

    Married three times too!!!

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2015 3:57 pm

    And I must say it is refreshing to see Pallachook dealing with a grubby MP straight-up even though it may cost her power in the end

    Thought the same thing, sb … still, it may help to retain the seat in the event of a by-election – inevitable now, I’d say …

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2015 4:06 pm

    I sometimes feel like I’m surrounded by public servants and politicians who have the mental capacity of a three year old …

    Late Sunday, Mr Gordon issued a response: “I am presently weighing up my options after the advice I have received from the Premier that she has asked for my expulsion from the Labor Party,” he said.

    “I am very concerned that I should be afforded natural justice in any determination that my tenure as the Member for Cook should be terminated because of her move to see me expelled from the Labor Party and her wish for me to resign as a Member of Parliament.

    “The Premier has previously requested that the Police Commissioner investigate whether I have transgressed any law and that process should be allowed to continue its natural course. Any other attempt to remove me from the Parliament and force me to resign is a denial of natural justice.

    “I have a serious eye operation tomorrow and I need further time to consider my options, seek further legal advice and have ongoing discussion with my family and my supporters. I will therefore make no further media comment at this time.

    “I am very concerned at the impact this situation is having on my children who I love very much.”

    What don’t these people understand about lying and breaking the law and being ineligible to be elected to parliament with a criminal record …

    I’ts not fkn hard!

  11. March 30, 2015 7:23 pm

  12. March 30, 2015 7:26 pm

    Maybe Craig Thomson might like to consider repaying the $243,000 he stole in HSU members’ subscription fees, don’t you think Tom R?

    I mean that is their sole form of income isn’t it?

    Surely Craig Thomson would’ve realised that when he was squandering Union members’ funds on satisfying his own carnal cravings?

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2015 7:42 pm

    It’s not as if Thomson could even be defended …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/thomson-too-ill-for-lawsuit/story-e6frfku9-1227284694371

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2015 8:30 pm

    The Chris Jessup is hearing it!! He can’t possibly be trusted –

    Christopher Neil Jessup was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in June 2006. He graduated with honours in Economics (in 1968) and Law (in 1970) from Monash University. He completed his PhD at London University in 1974. He signed the Roll of Counsel in Victoria in 1975 and practised continuously as a barrister from then until his appointment to the Court in 2006. He was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel in 1987. He has served on the Victorian Bar Council (as Chairman in 1992-1993) and on other committees for the Victorian Bar and the Law Council of Australia. He was Chairman of the Federal Litigation Section of the Law Council for four years in the mid-1990’s.

    He probably shared an office with Kathy Jackson’s boyfriend once!

  15. March 31, 2015 12:10 am

    Maybe Peter Slipper and Thomo have a have a sex tape? I think we have all suffered enough of Thompson and his ferret wrangling

  16. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 31, 2015 9:02 am

    Thompson bought this whole thing on himself by suing Fairfax for defamation.
    What made matters worse was the slender majority held by the Gillard/Green coalition. This magnified the attention the case received.

    The upside for Thompson was that the ALP was prepared to back him with legal fees, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars his way to enable him to hang on to power. Until Gillard did a deal with Slipper, that was. That is when Gillard no longer needed Thommo and that is when the magical line was crossed.

    Now the ALP no longer needs Thommo. He is of no further use to the Unionland bosses. The spigot of ALP funding has been turned off. Thommo is reduced to representing himself. In a sense he is right about his mental health. He has always acted as a narcissistic psychopath, living large on the union dues of poor workers. His pathological lying just comes with the territory.

    Thommo will probably spend the rest of his life in denial – claiming that he was a victim of the judicial system, that he didn’t loot members’ funds and that he didn’t root whores. Zoe and the kids will have to take it on trust that aliens stole his phone and credit card, misused them and then nefariously put them back in his pocket without him even knowing; that Misty was a troublemaking liar and that he never once tingled his anus when backing onto the warm jets in the in the Red Turbo Room tub.

  17. March 31, 2015 9:22 am

    “”Thommo will probably spend the rest of his life in denial – claiming that he was a victim of the judicial system, that he didn’t loot members’ funds and that he didn’t root whores. Zoe and the kids will have to take it on trust that aliens stole his phone and credit card, misused them and then nefariously put them back in his pocket without him even knowing; that Misty was a troublemaking liar and that he never once tingled his anus when backing onto the warm jets in the in the Red Turbo Room tub.””

    That’s GOLD SB… 🙂

  18. Walrus permalink
    March 31, 2015 9:40 am

    “I get the impression that Thompson hasn’t suffered near enough for some people.””

    LOL………….the length of his suffering is proportional to the number of lies he’s told.

    His suffering would have ben incredibly short if he had thrown up his hands way back and admitted he’d been caught out cold by Fairfax

  19. March 31, 2015 10:29 am

    I think what we’re failing to appreciate here is that it’s actually Craig Thomson who’s the victim in all of this.

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2015 11:08 am

    Craig who?

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 1, 2015 10:59 am

    CURRENT and former Liberal National Party MPs have denied using an alleged victim of domestic violence to try to unseat Queensland’s Labor government.
    FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch, and the former LNP member for Cairns Gavin King, have strenuously rejected any suggestion they are part of an orchestrated plot to bring down Annastacia Palaszczuk’s minority government.
    State MP Billy Gordon was forced to quit the Labor party on Monday after his former partner accused him of domestic violence, and failing to pay child support for their two children.

    Well, they’re politically stupid if they’re not figuring out how to return to government.

    It’s a minority government. One of their MPs is clearly a liar. Why wouldn’t/shouldn’t they figure out how to win a majority on the floor of the parliament?

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/i-wont-be-forced-out-qld-mp-gordon/story-e6frfku9-1227287166118

  22. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 1, 2015 10:59 am

    Billy Gordon seems to have a bit of the Craig Thompson about him.

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    April 1, 2015 12:02 pm

    Well, they’re politically stupid if they’re not figuring out how to return to government.

    The problem for most people is the “how” they are going about it … the LNP wasn’t voted out by “accident” … as some people would like to think …

  24. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 1, 2015 1:46 pm

    Well TB, as you’re no doubt aware governments can lose without an election – that’s how John Curtin became Prime Minister.

    It happens particularly in hung parliaments, and it’s part of the democratic process.

  25. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 1, 2015 2:50 pm

    “Billy Gordon seems to have a bit of the Craig Thompson about him.”

    Thompson was more about rooting and rorting than domestic violence accusations.

    But in both cases there is always the mental health card to play:

    The former MP was also concerned about Mr Gordon’s mental state, as the allegations are currently being investigated.

    “He is a human being; he’s no different to anybody else. He has family and he would be under an immense amount of mental health pressure,” Mr Gibson said.

    “There would be nothing worse than if this individual experienced a nervous breakdown like I did and then we found the claims were unsubstantiated.”

    Mr Gibson said there was an unhealthy obsession with vetting politicians, suggesting it would lead to a class of politicians being so squeaky clean that they had no life experience.
    “We will be poorer if that happens. People make mistakes and they should also be given the opportunity to move on from those mistakes,” he added.

    “We shouldn’t be judged solely on that, but on how we pick ourselves up.”

    Funnily enough, the ‘mental health’ card is usually played by people about to be outed as lying mongrels. The cause of their anguish is the shame and embarrassment at having to face up to facts that they have denied or tried to hide.

    If these narcissistic fuckers wanted to avert a mental health crisis they could start with a full admission of their wrong-doing, an apology to those who believed in them and their so-called integrity, a willingness to squarely face the consequences and a plea to be left in peace.

    Nobody is denying that Billy or Thommo are human beings. The problem is that that they do not wish to own up to their lies and misdeeds and face the consequences. It is their own vanity and arrogance that is the biggest threat to their mental health.

  26. April 1, 2015 3:11 pm

    Well said SB!

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    April 1, 2015 5:28 pm

    Agree, sb … make a mistake, own it, accept the consequences and move on … better to avoid the mistake in the first place!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … that’s how John Curtin became Prime Minister …

    Don’t quite follow your reasoning, ToM … Curtin came to power because the Libs lost faith in a bumbling Menzies playing lapdog to Churchill and they kicked him out … thank Christ for Curtin – right man at the right time …

    I couldn’t see Menzies telling Churchill to get fkd.

    The Curtin Government had agreed that the Australian Army’s I Corps – centred on the 6th and 7th Infantry Divisions – would be transferred from North Africa to the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command, in the Netherlands East Indies. Singapore fell to Japanese control on 15 February 1942, which was regarded as Australia’s worst military disaster since Gallipolli.

    The entire 8th Division was taken into captivity, a total of about 15,384 men, although Major-General Bennett managed to escape.

    Churchill attempted to divert I Corps to reinforce British troops in Burma, without Australian approval. Curtin insisted that the Corps return to Australia, although he agreed that the main body of the 6th Division could remain to garrison Ceylon. The Japanese threat was further underlined on 19 February, when Japan bombed Darwin, the first of many air raids on northern Australia.

    My bold … interesting that Churchill was also the creator of the Gallipoli Campaign …

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