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Fair Work Australia Report On Health Services Union

Fair Work Australia has released a devastating report on the activities of the Health Services Union and Craig Thomson.


Abbott: Gillard Should Also Reject Thomson’s Vote

2.30pm – Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the Prime Minister should not claim Craig Thomson’s vote whilst the allegations surrounding him are resolved.

Reacting to the earlier media conferences by Gillard and Thomson, Abbott said the government’s survival hinged on a “tainted” vote. He reiterated his call for an early election.

Abbott queried what had happened to cause Gillard to take action against Thomson and Slipper today. [Read more…]


Thomson Moves To Crossbenches; Will Still Support Labor

1.20pm – Craig Thomson has confirmed that his membership of the ALP has been suspended and he will now sit on the parliamentary crossbenches.

Speaking at a media conference in his Dobell electorate, Thomson said he will continue to support the ALP on questions of confidence and supply.

He parried questions from journalists about when the Prime Minister contacted him. He said both of them had reached the same decision but for different reasons. [Read more…]


Gillard Moves On Thomson And Slipper

12.20pm – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Craig Thomson is to leave the ALP caucus to sit on the crossbenches in Parliament and Peter Slipper is to continue standing aside from his job as Speaker.

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Speaking at a press conference at Parliament House, Gillard said “a line has been crossed in terms of respect for the parliament”. She stressed her belief in the presumption of innocence for both men. [Read more…]


ACTU Distances Itself From Health Services Union

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is about to suspend the Health Services Union.

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Officials of the Australian Council of Trade Unions officials said today the organisation had “zero tolerance” for corruption or the “misuse of members’ funds”. Ged Kearney and Jeff Lawrence said the ACTU was considering suspension of the Health Services Union. [Read more…]


Gillard Pressed On Craig Thomson

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has again responded to questions about Craig Thomson, as allegations surrounding the Health Services Union continue to be levelled. [Read more…]


Craig Thomson: Fair Work Australia Investigation

The Fair Work Australia investigation of Craig Thomson and the Health Services Union dominated political news today.

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Craig Thomson and Mary Jo Fisher: MPs in the News

Reports from this evening’s Channel 10 news bulletins on the latest allegations against Labor MP Craig Thomson and the trial of Liberal Senator Mary Jo Fisher.


Craig Thomson And The Gillard Government

This is the text of a speech in the Matters of Public Interest debate by Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson.

The speech was given at 1pm on June 15, 2011.

The transcript is taken from Hansard.

Michael RonaldsonAt the heart of this Gillard Labor government lies the truth that it is an illegitimate government. The government is not only illegitimate but also hopelessly divided. Only today we read how Labor backbenchers are at war with each other about policy decisions taken by their own party. It is a tale of zombies and daleks. The members—described by one of their own as ‘zombies’—are generally too frightened to speak out. The factional warlords—the ‘daleks’, according to one past leader—are angry at their loss of power and influence.

Today’s media reports describe a vicious exchange in yesterday’s caucus meeting between a backbencher from the New South Wales Central Coast, the member for Dobell, Mr Craig Thomson, and his New South Wales Labor colleague Senator Doug Cameron.

Paul Keating famously declared that where New South Wales Labor goes, so too goes the nation. This is indeed a troubling omen for our nation. Today I wish to discuss renewed allegations against the said Mr Thomson—all of which are on the public record. Mr Thomson’s actions go to the heart of this government’s legitimacy. Mr Thomson is now into his second term as a member of the House of Representatives. Nevertheless, serious concerns remain about Mr Thomson’s past as a union heavy in the Health Services Union. There are serious allegations including allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct. It is time to end Labor’s deafening silence concerning these very serious allegations. Put simply, it is time for the Prime Minister to show leadership. Mr Thomson is not fit to be a member of parliament and he should be stood down immediately. Of course, the Prime Minister knows this. In normal circumstances the member for Dobell would not be allowed to continue. But, in the so-called ‘new paradigm’ where the government has only a wafer-thin majority, the Prime Minister lacks the courage and the leadership authority to deal with the member for Dobell appropriately. [Read more…]


Craig Thomson (ALP-Dobell) – Maiden Speech

This is the text of the first speech to the House of Representatives by Craig Thomson.

Thomson was elected as the ALP member for Dobell at the 2007 election.

Dobell is a provincial electorate on the central coast of New South Wales. It includes the centres of Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale, Blue Haven, Matcham, Mount Elliot, Ourimbah, The Entrance, Warnervale, Wyoming, Wyong, the Yarramalong Valley, and parts of Erina Heights, Gorokan, Holgate, Lisarow, Kulnura, Narara, Niagara Park and Wamberal.

Hansard transcript of Craig Thomson’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives.

Craig ThomsonMr CRAIG THOMSON (6:12 PM) — Can I say right at the start what a great honour it is to be here today representing the people of Dobell in this place. Not many people get the honour and privilege of representing in federal parliament and to be counted amongst them is an immense privilege.

At this stage, I need to acknowledge the fantastic advice and assistance I received from Mark Arbib, Karl Bitar and Sam Dastyari from the New South Wales ALP head office. All of the Labor shadow ministers in the last parliament were great, but, in particular, Wayne Swan and Anthony Albanese need to be acknowledged for the support they gave to and tireless work they put into my campaign. Senator Hutchins has been a fantastic supporter for many years and has helped to create the opportunity to win back Dobell. Along with former member Michael Lee, he has provided tremendous insight into the many issues that affect the people of Dobell. I would also like to acknowledge the work of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. He visited my electorate four times, along with many other electorates around the country. The shot of old Hawkie charisma was just the lift that my campaign needed. [Read more…]