4BC - Fairfax Radio Network

What we're talking about

  • Its decision time on Terror suspect planned to behead police Consider these issues. The Ukraine, Malaysian Airlines, Ebola, ISIS and Syria. Considered in isolation they all assist the ... more
  • CRY FREEDOM on Terror raids in Australia Thanks labor for letting them in by the boat loads. more
  • Gutless Wonders on Terror raids in Australia How do you sleep at night. How can you look into your childrens eyes and not accept the fact that your actions are ... more
  • All stand in applause for WA on Terror raids in Australia How clever is WA. We should all take of our hats to their extraordinary contribution. The WA division of Fairfax radio is ... more
  • Australia is a nation under siege on Terror raids in Australia When foreign or domestic enemies attack or seek to undermine Australia, government is the first line of defence. When ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge Phillip ISLAND, Bribie ISLAND ask any of there locals, they still say mainlanders, what a rediculous arguement if you build ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I'm with you Rita, Two words for me , Bribie Island still pristine where locals enjoy living and touries can't get enough ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I'm with you Rita, Two words for me , Bribie Island still pristine where locals enjoy living and touries can't get enough ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge I agree totally with Walter. A bridge will destroy the uniqueness of Russell Island. It appears that the almighty dollar is ... more
  • eddie terrill on Catch up with Ken Sparkes hi ken; great show tonite 30-09;enjoy the music once again ,keep on rocking from a60s&70s listener.eddie t. more
  • Bruce Norman on Farewell Mark 'The Ear' I started listening to Mark when the 4BC came to Tasmania, and I just think the "turf teasers", even though you have to wake ... more
  • John on Calls for Island bridge Did buy a block to build and retire to one day. It's nice to get good clean discussion about the Bridge , not to sure about ... more
  • Helen Arnall on Calls for Island bridge Private enterprises could be used to build a bridge - Look to Isle of Skye in Scotland - lots of protests, but successfully ... more
  • Dale on Crime corner Whiskey au Go Go Bluey O.Gorman loved to go the knuckle with the smartys but no way was he involved with the rat pack or ever on the take. more
  • Rita on Calls for Island bridge Russell Island is a fast growing community with needs as any other. A bridge would give RI residents a future with ... more
  • GregHS on Calls for Island bridge Walter, if I say just one word - parking, that would crush your arguments. No matter what, growing population will not stop ... more
  • James W on Calls for Island bridge Island Owners should stump the money up, if they want it. It will be their land values that will increase to offset the ... more
  • walter on Calls for Island bridge The whole idea of island living is the apeal of seperation & apart from mainland living. A bridge would ultimately destroy ... more
  • Debbie Copnell on Kim Mothershaw Cruise Hi Kim How's the family? My father heard you advertise on radio a cruise to Gallipoli for Anzac day next year. Could you ... more
  • Craig on VIDEO: Terrorist discussion Only trouble with this video is it was created on the 16th July, that is a day before the plane was destroyed. So who is ... more

Thomson innocent, says lawyer

Posted by: 4bc.com.au | 5 December, 2012 - 8:00 AM
<strong>4BC News:</strong> Embattled MP Craig Thomson has spoken out.

The lawyer for independent MP Craig Thomson says his client did not misspent one cent of union funds when he ran the Health Services Union (HSU).

Mr Thomson lodged his defence papers in the Federal Court on Tuesday in response to the Fair Work Australia (FWA) claims he misused union funds while he was HSU national secretary between 2002 and 2007.

In his 28-page submission, he denies using union-issued credit cards to spend thousands of dollars on prostitutes while travelling on union business in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

He also denies using the cards to pay for flights and accommodation for his wife and family and for cash withdrawals and other personal expenses.

Mr Thomson's lawyer, Chris McArdle, says his client spent the money in accordance with the organisation's rules.

"He hasn't improperly spent one cent," Mr McArdle told ABC Radio on Wednesday.

"Anything he did do, he did with the express and clear permission of the association he was administering, he acted in the interests of the association at all times."

Mr McArdle said Mr Thomson was secretary of a multi-million dollar budget organisation but all funds were accounted for.

"He got a receipt for every cent he spent, and he stapled all those receipts to the ATM receipt dockets," he said.

Mr Thomson was elected in 2007 as the Labor MP for the NSW seat of Dobell, but was suspended from the party in April and moved to the cross benches following the release of the FWA report in April this year.

FWA has until December 20 to reply to Mr Thomson's defence.

The matter is listed for a directions hearing in the Federal Court on February 1, 2013.

Blog comments Your Say

  • The proper process has been usurped by Miss Gillard by placing the complaint in the hands of Fair Work instead of the Police to whom it should have been referred to in the first place. Placing this complaint in the wrong jurisdiction was a skilful move by a master manipulator.

    This has served the Government well.

    The judicial process is very slow moving to protect the innocent from wrongful arrest, charging and sentencing; regretfully this also protects the guilty from the swift justice that should be metered out.

    Are we really to believe that the credit card use for prostitute services was done either without his knowledge or that this was in accordance with his terms of employment?

    Colene Thursday 6 December, 2012 - 2:12 AM
  • Rich, our legal systems has a presumption of innocence at it's core, only guilt needs to be proven.

    James W Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 8:37 PM
  • Pretty sure that in Australia the process is:
    1. Get charged with an alleged crime.
    2. Go to court.
    3. Be found innocent or guilty.
    At the moment Thomson is involved in a civil case and has never been actually reached (1.) yet.

    Bob Lord Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 2:12 PM
  • What happened to the $100,000 in ATM withdrawals Thomson withdrew?
    What union business were the cash withdrawals used for?
    Why were there NO receipts to account for the withdrawals?
    Why was hundreds of thousands of dollars of HSU members funds used for Thomsons PERSONAL benefit in his election campaign for the seat of Dobell?
    Thomson is totally untrustworthy, is unfit to be an MP and is an absolute disgrace!
    The pathological compulsive liar Thomson is NOT fooling anyone, oh how he suits the Liebor Party and his rat cunning leader Juliar!

    Slippery Rats Of Liebor Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 1:12 PM
  • @Bazza.
    read slowly.
    The lawyer for independent MP Craig Thomson says his client did not misspent one cent of union funds when A lawyer.

    Nowhere does it say that he has been proven innocent.

    Bazza , thats what lawyers do, reperesent their clients interests.

    A good lawyer can get a person cleared of any charges.

    Doesn't make it any less true but t is the only system we have.

    Rich Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 12:01 PM
  • hahahahahahaeeeeeehahahahahathomson is innocent he did not take one cent.o stop it it hurts when i laugh this much.

    bazza Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Post a comment * Mandatory fields