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. 

“I think Mr Thomson and his lawyer need to calm down a bit – after all, the allegations surrounding Craig Thomson is that he was all too ready to take his clothes off in front of strangers in exchange for money.”

Mr McArdle has described the comments are ”completely unacceptable” and called on Mr O’Farrell to withdraw them and apologise.

”He has said some extremely unsavoury things about our client that suggests that he has pre-judged him and has prejudiced the proceedings that have been initiated,” Mr McArdle told Fairfax Radio on Friday.

”A premier can do a lot of harm because strangely enough, premiers have credibility, so he has used his credibility to prejudge our client.”

I wonder how long before a HSU-like scandal starts to rear its head in NZ. Where unions and Labour parties coalesce so too does corruption and scandal.


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