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The deliberate ineptitude of the Labor government over the Craig Thomson affair is as amazing as it is unsurprising and I am rather darkly amused that it is only now that someone has decided to try to find evidence that it was actually Thomson’s knob that got polished in those brothel transactions that were made on his union credit card. Talking about an obvious path to the truth that has been deliberately avoided for political reasons would not be unfair in this case.
The roller-coaster ride is far from over for Labor on this issue and aren’t we conservatives enjoying seeing them scream as the car dives over yet another precipice?
- Inquiry demands brothel evidence (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Brothels subpoenaed in Thomson case (bigpondnews.com)
- Stop pandering to rednecks: Thomson (smh.com.au)
- Thomson denies credit card claims (bigpondnews.com)
- Union corruption, Gillard and the Labor party (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Greens back Labor for ACT government (bigpondnews.com)
- FWA rejects Thomson’s set-up claim (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- FWA rejects Thomson’s set-up claim (news.com.au)
- Labor won’t bankroll Thomson – Roxon (bigpondnews.com)
Another insightful and exhaustive argument Yale, well done that man!
- Thomson could face jail if found in contempt (and he wouldn’t be the first)
- Prostitute ‘names Thomson’ in interview
- Craig Thomson says ‘enough is enough’
- There’s no one Thomson won’t burn to save his skin
- Sex Trade Worker Claims She Craig Thomson was a Client
- Craig Thomson denies ACA escort’s claims
- You: Liberal doctor worried about Craig Thomson’s mental health – NEWS.com.au
- Live blog: Craig Thomson’s statement to parliament
- Craig Thomson speaks. Meanwhile, in Australia…
Hot on the heels of his reprehensible speech to Parliament this week — which may bring more self-inflicted trouble than anything — Craig Thomson played the misery card again today, begging the opposition and media commentators to leave him alone. They shouldn’t, and they won’t.
There are people in this world who genuinely believe themselves to be beyond scrutiny or reproach; people who think they can do whatever they like, to whomever they like, at whatever cost, and that they should walk away scot-free if their travails are ever uncovered, with neither consequences nor responsibility, and with ultimate accountability to nobody.
It increasingly appears, and not least by the man’s own words and deeds, that Craig Thomson is such a specimen.
In what is (for Thomson) a rare media appearance indeed, he conducted a doorstop interview in Canberra today, imploring those in pursuit of him over scandals at the HSU…
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Now if only Craig Thomson and his credit card had visited Brisbane more often this business may just have survived ….
- Yes, I do believe him………..but have doubts about her! (cafewhispers.wordpress.com)
- And the condemned man drank lots of water. (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- No Mae Culpa From Craig Thompson (phillthedill.com)
Like a lot of politics junkies I watched Craig Thompson’s address to the parliament and I must say that I found his rambling speech anything but convincing and his consumption of water was to say the least extraordinary and clearly a significant tell of just how fearful and nervous he clearly was about delivering his explanation to the house.
Anyway what did everyone else think of this piece of tragic political theatre ?
There is much to praise in this announcement from Tony Abbott…
Citing the adverse findings made by Fair Work Australia against the HSU’s Victorian branch, Mr Abbott says if the offences had occurred in a company with directors, the offenders would have been exposed to criminal penalties including personal fines of up to $200,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment.
Under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, individuals face lesser civil penalties of up to $2200.
In an address to the Victorian Liberal state council, Mr Abbott will assert his plan is about greater transparency, accountability and “protecting the interests of low-paid union members”.
“Australian workers who join trade unions deserve to know that their membership fees are being used for proper purposes,” he will tell Liberal Party delegates.
“The worst aspect of the HSU scandal is that 70,000 low-paid workers have had their hard-earned money misspent by union officials on political campaigns and escort services. Why shouldn’t the low-paid members of unions be afforded the same protections as shareholders?”
Under the Coalition proposal, the penalties i8n the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 would be the same as those in the Corporations Act 2001.
The Coalition intends to change the guidelines on financial disclosure and reporting so “they align more closely with those applicable to companies and that required by the ASX corporate governance rules”.
Sadly there is also good reason to be sad that it takes the coalition to do what the Labor party should have done to protect the interests of workers when it comes to the misuse of union funds as exemplified by the allegations against Craig Thompson
- Abbott: I’ll kill tax within six months of being elected (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- ACTU suspends Health Services Union (abc.net.au)
- HSU-Fair Work saga hits legal roadblock (abc.net.au)
- Fair Work refers HSU report to prosecutors (abc.net.au)
- Fair Work may table HSU report (abc.net.au)
- Abbott demands Craig Thomson report be made public (abc.net.au)
- Gillard ducks HSU report questions (news.smh.com.au)
- Gillard ducks HSU report questions (news.theage.com.au)
- Shorten bids to make HSU ‘dysfunctional’ (news.com.au)
- Shorten moves to put HSU branch in administration (abc.net.au)
The Craig Thompson affair must go down in history as one of the lowest of the many low points for Labor under the Gillard regime and it may yet prove to be the gangrenous limb that kills that governemnt, In today’s Oz Richo does very good job of explaining why the necrotic tissue is giving of a very foul stench and why it is so toxic to the body of the Labor party and the Union movement :
When will this scandal ever end? Its so obvious that every man and his dog have been given the “Go slow” order on this and I have no doubt that we will be still talking about the scandal next April as the governemnt holds power entirely because of Thompson’s vote. But I can’t help wondering if one of the tarts who were paid with a HSU credit card might just come forward and tell the nation just who it was she serviced in those incriminating transactions on Thompson’s HSU credit card…
Now wouldn’t that be a feeding frenzy for the tabloid TV and newspapers? I don’t usually support chequebook journalism but for this scandal I think I could make an exception after all after admitting being with Thompson what working girl could expect to be well paid in the the rub and tug profession?
- A beautiful morning and a contemplation of just how a fish rots when that fish is the Gillard government.
- The problems with Labor
- Fair Work may table HSU report
- ACTU to consider ditching Health Services Union
- Fair Work should face judicial inquiry: HSU boss
- Gillard ducks HSU report questions
- Fair Work report increases union scrutiny
- Oh happy Queensland day
- “There is absolutely no margin for lying.” or Julia Gillard big wedgies and the preaching of the newly converted
- Gillard breaks her promise to Wilkie
- The misplaced wedding bouquet blues, or our learned friend keeps flogging that poor dead gay marriage nag
- Frog Soup
What is it with the socialists in the teaching unions when it comes to empirical measurement of their students abilities to read or to add up?
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has refused to rule out supporting action against teachers if they go through with their threat to boycott the tests, saying industrial action taken outside the enterprise bargaining period is not lawful.
Teachers covered by federal laws in Victoria, the ACT and the Northern Territory could have their pay docked by a minimum of four hours if Fair Work Australia deemed the boycott unlawful. Teachers in other state jurisdictions also face penalties, although these would probably apply to the union rather than individuals.
“Action that’s taken not within the context of bargaining is unprotected and there are sanctions and penalties under the workplace relations law to deal with unprotected industrial action,” Ms Gillard, who is also Education and Workplace Relations Minister, told ABC radio.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry said it strongly supported the national tests in numeracy and literacy.
Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne said the Coalition did not support the boycott, but also did not think the website would be useful.
“The government is creating the information publicly that will allow schools to be criticised and allow school communities to feel bad about their particular school but they are not giving principals the autonomy to act to change those bad results,” he told ABC radio.
Anyone would think that the chalkface warriors are afraid that they will be judged upon the results that they manage to achieve in the classroom, you know that they will actually have to successfully teach our children trivialities like mathematics and English, rather than focusing on the issues that really matter like the green religion (praise be to Gaia), “progressive” sexual morality (buggery 101) and how to praise Brother Number One for all that is good in the land…
Personally though I think that Chris Pyne has a point that the government website does not provide much help when it comes to principals improving their school’s performance, but then this government has always feared ceding control of indoctination education to either parents or school principals who don’t follow their approved ideology….