Health Services Union

Dodgy ALP/Union ratbag convicted

Contrary to his own over inflated legal opinion of the merits of his case…Craig Thomson was convicted yesterday on fraud charges, for paying for hookers and other services on his union credit card.

Former federal MP Craig Thomson has been found guilty of obtaining financial advantage by using his Health Services Union (HSU) credit card to pay for sexual services and making cash withdrawals.

In handing down his findings, Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg found Thomson dishonestly used his union cards while national secretary of the union.

Thomson sat quietly in the front row of a packed Melbourne Magistrates Court as Mr Rozencwajg delivered his verdicts.

The magistrate said the court had heard from several union witnesses who made it clear that union credit cards were for business purposes only.

“This must have been known by the accused,” Mr Rozencwajg said.  Read more »

Union corruption so out of hand Abbott convenes a Royal Commission

As the months drag by and more and more revelations of union corruption surface in investigations by the Independent Commissions Against Corruption pressure has been building to have a more fuller Federal inquiry.

Tony Abbott has now convened a Royal Commission to look at union corruption.

Five of the nation’s most powerful unions linked to the ALP have been named as targets of a wide-ranging royal commission on union corruption – in which former prime minister Julia Gillard and other MPs and union officials are expected to give evidence.

The announcement came as Fairfax Media learnt Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had referred to police a secret dossier compiled by a whistleblower that made explosive corruption allegations that centre on the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Other unions are also set to be dragged in and the government says construction firms accused of paying kickbacks to union officials to curry peace or win contracts will also be in the gun.

The CFMEU is one of the five unions named in the terms of reference, along with the Electrical Trades Union, the Transport Workers Union, the Australian Workers’ Union, and the Health Services Union.    Read more »

When I am reincarnated I want to come back as an Aussie union boss

Craig Thomson’s trial is throwing up all sorts of delicious details of the life and times as a union boss in corrupt NSW.

Craig Thomson’s union-issued credit card was used to pay for almost $6000 of sexual services, a court has heard, and some of that spending was later classified as meetings, entertainment and teleconferencing.

The former federal MP is on trial for fraud and theft in Melbourne Magistrates Court. On Wednesday, the court heard a police forensic accountant had examined the Health Services Union credit card statements and found that a Commonwealth Bank Mastercard issued to Mr Thomson when he was national secretary had paid for escort services totalling $5993.

According to a spreadsheet tendered to court, $2475 was paid to Keywed, the business name of Room Escort Services, in April 2005. Two months later, $418 was paid to Nolta, the business name for Tiffany’s Girls, the brothel that owns a ”red turbo spa room”. Then in August 2006, $660 was paid to Staff Call, the merchant name for Sydney brothel A Touch of Class.

The payment to Staff Call was later listed as a teleconferencing expense on the HSU’s book-keeping system, according to the spreadsheet.

Dodgy rooting ratbag, his credit cards , brothels and hookers

What is it with rooting ratbag politicians and denial of the obvious?

It took 10 months for Craig Thomson’s alleged offending to be detailed in court, but it was racy when it arrived.

Turbocharged even.

n opening the case against the former federal MP in Melbourne Magistrates Court, prosecutor Lesley Taylor, SC, told magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg she would give him a ‘‘flavour’’ of what to expect in the summary trial.

That ‘‘flavour’’ came in the saucy details of the alleged misuse of Health Services Union credit cards on escort agencies, sex workers and pornographic movies in hotel rooms while on work trips.

There were sex workers Tracie and Alina.  Read more »

Dodgy ALP ratbag pleads guilty

Despite pleading innocence for months on end, the dodgy ALP ratbag, Michael Williamson has finally pleaded guilty.

Former Australian Labor Party president Michael Williamson has pleaded guilty to funnelling almost $1 million from the Health Services Union (HSU) to businesses he had an interest in.

Williamson, who was arrested when detectives raided his Maroubra home in Sydney’s east last year, now faces jail for the offences.

The police investigation probed allegations of corruption during his time at the HSU aired by the union’s national secretary, Kathy Jackson.

He was accused of dozens of offences, including money laundering, dealing with the proceeds of crime and dishonestly dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars of union funds.  Read more »

Oh so he was at the brothel and they were his charges after all

Despite months and months of denials that charges on his union credit to a brothel were not his, Craig Thomson has finally decided to fess up and tell us what we already knew…that the charges were his.

CRAIG Thomson will avoid facing a jury on charges of misappropriating union funds, after his lawyer appeared to backtrack from the former Labor MP’s previous claim that he did not use union credit cards to pay for escorts.

Mr Thomson, who is running for reelection in his NSW seat of Dobell as an independent, today won his application to have the 173 charges heard by a magistrate instead of proceeding to a judge and jury.

Making the application, Mr Thomson’s barrister Greg James QC said it was “very likely” there would be no issues about the facts of the expenditure, and the case instead related to whether Mr Thomson had authority for the spending as national secretary.

“These are not complex charges,” he said.

Mr Thomson is accused of falsely representing that the HSU had authorised thousands of dollars of credit card spending, including payment for escorts and cash withdrawals from bank accounts, and using union credit cards to pay for pornographic movies at hotels.   Read more »

Gillard and the union’s grasp

Julia Gillard is staying staunch, but then she knows what many in the media seem to be missing…that Rudd won’t take over to watch Labor get gutted like a trout…he will wait and let Gillard take the blame.

The bravest woman in Australia is Julia Gillard. She continues to defend her government staunchly and, as her troops falter and bicker around her, and the media exhibits an obsessional, monumental fixation with possible challenges to her leadership, she continues to get on with the job, focused on the core mission of her leadership – protecting and projecting union power.

There is now even a sanctimonious media chorus calling for Gillard to step aside, as if the federal Labor caucus has the option of telling the electorate: ”We’ve just knifed our leader and installed the leader we had previously knifed because he has better poll numbers. So vote for us because now we are competent and credible.”

Disaster. Voters do not like to be treated with contempt. Even if this desperation saved a few skins in Queensland, it would guarantee electoral disasters elsewhere. The poll numbers for Kevin Rudd the exile and martyr are one thing, but they will not simply translate to similar support for Rudd the recycled leader. Especially as minister after minister resigned rather than serve under him.

Why would Rudd want to be eviscerated in an election he cannot save for the sake of a few more months as prime minister?    Read more »

Dodgy ALP ratbag facing 19 more charges

The former Labor party ratbag Craig Thomson is facing yet more fraud and theft charges. I’ll say this though, he has more cheek than a fat man’s bum to still continue as an MP.

Former Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson – accused of using a Health Services Union credit card to pay for prostitutes – has appeared in court today to face 19 fresh charges.

Mr Thomson, 48, who last week announced he would stand as an independent for his NSW seat of Dobell at the September federal election after being suspended by the Labor Party, appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with a total of 173 fraud and theft offences.  Read more »

Dodgy Union Ratbag facing more trouble

Craig Thomson is facing more problems with Fair Work Australia wanting a civil case to proceed despite the existing criminal case proceeding.

These union and ALP ratbags are really being held to account. A real pity is our own union ratbags aren’t being held to account here.

Fair Work Australia wants part of the civil case against federal MP Craig Thomson to proceed despite a pending criminal case.

But lawyers for Mr Thomson applied to stay a civil penalty case against him until criminal charges have been heard, the Federal Court was told on Friday.

Fair Work Australia barrister Stephen Donaghue, SC, told the court a comparison of the cases showed matters, including election expenditure, were not included in the criminal charges.

But matters such as the alleged use of a credit card to hire escorts were included in the criminal charges, the court heard.

Bazza comes good, delivers hard out sledge on dodgy Labor ratbag

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell hands out a serious sledge against dodgy Labor ratbag Craig Thomson after his arrest and the subsequent whinging from Thomson’s lawyer:

Craig Thomson’s lawyer has threatened to sue Barry O’Farrell if the NSW Premier does not withdraw comments he made about allegations against the federal MP.

On Friday, Mr O’Farrell dismissed claims by Mr Thomson’s lawyer, Chris McArdle, that his client was stripped naked and searched by court officers after his arrest on the NSW Central Coast in an attempt to intimidate him.

Mr Thomson faces 150 charges of fraud related to the alleged misuse of entitlements when he was national secretary of the Health Services Union.

Mr O’Farrell told reporters that standard procedure was followed by the corrective services officers during Mr Thomson’s arrest.

“I’d only be concerned if there was special treatment meted out to any member of parliament,” he said.  Read more »