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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

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