In March , in what might have been the final stage of the ongoing Craig Thomson saga, the federal Parliament reprimanded Thomson after finding him in contempt for deliberately misleading Parliament. Thomson said :. Turning to credit cards and escorts, I have consistently from day one denied any wrongdoing in relation to these issues. I make it clear—and I hope I have already by painting a picture—that I had many enemies in the [Health Services Union], many enemies who did not like increased transparency, many enemies who preferred that there be no national office. In , Thomson was found guilty of a number of offences of dishonesty relating to his role on the union. The matter was then referred to the privileges committee.
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Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. Mr Thomson accused FWA, in a speech to parliament on Monday, of conducting a biased investigation and failing to interview key witnesses who would back his innocence. Ms O'Neill says it would be "inappropriate" to comment on Mr Thomson's speech. Mr Thomson's comments came a day after the privileges committee began looking at whether he misled parliament in his hour-long statement on Monday in contrast to the findings of a Fair Work Australia investigation report released earlier in May.
The committee is also investigating a leak to the media, which suggested that it wanted more specific details from the coalition on how it believed Mr Thomson misled the parliament and its rejection of a proposal to advertise for witnesses to come forward. The HSU and Mr Thomson, who led the union from to his election as a Labor MP in , face a series of police investigations, parliamentary inquiries and multiple Federal Court cases relating to maladministration and misuse of members' funds. The MP for Dobell was stood aside from the Labor caucus in April when Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared that a "line had been crossed", but he denies any wrongdoing and plans to defend any future court action.
Mr Thomson told reporters in Canberra on Thursday it was time to let all of the processes take their course. ACA executive producer Grant Williams said he had a statutory declaration from the ex-prostitute who was working in Sydney during the mids. Mr Thomson said he and his staff continued to get hate mail. He said the intimidation of MPs or committees was a crime attracting "serious penalties".
Privileges committee chairwoman and Labor MP Yvette D'Ath said her committee specifically discussed the importance of members not disclosing matters while it was considering the issue.
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Fair Work stands by Thomson report
He's also said to have spent hundreds of thousands in union funds on his bid for election to the Parliament. Craig Thomson is one of four people listed in the report as breaching union rules when he was the national secretary. The Government has described the report as disturbing, but says Mr Thomson is entitled to the presumption of innocence. Now those at the centre of damning allegations have been named publicly.
Thomson named in FWA report
The regulator says the union committed breaches of the Registered Organisations Act - all civil penalties punishable by fine. Here, the experts respond to the latest development in this long-running saga. Fair Work Australia has finally ended years of uncertainty by publicly releasing its recommendations on the embattled Health Services Union. Mr Thomson, who was recently suspended from the Labor Party by the prime minister, continues to fight for his political survival. The question now becomes whether Ms Gillard will welcome Thomson back to the party. Thomson is on the cross-benches and he has promised to support the Labor Party. Furthermore, if he was to be taken back in the midst of continuing allegations, the government would be opening itself to further questions about whether it can make sound political judgement.