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.

Mr Donaghue said the case should be split and the matters not related to the criminal charges should still proceed.

Mr Thomson’s barrister Jim Pearce told Justice Christopher Jessup the entire civil proceeding should be stayed until the criminal matter is concluded.

Justice Jessup adjourned the application to stay the case until April 18.

Fair Work Australia alleges the federal NSW MP misused union funds when he was the Health Services Union national secretary between 2002 and 2007, by using credit cards to spend thousands of dollars on personal expenses, including prostitutes.

Thomson is also facing 154 charges of fraud, alleged to have been committed while he was national secretary of the Health Services Union.


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  • peterwn

    The main reason to defer civil proceedings when there are concurrent criminal proceedings is to protect the accused’s right to silence with regard to the criminal proceedings. Fair Work Australia accepts this but wants to proceed with aspects of the civil case not related to the criminal charges. Craig does not like this since he is effectively required to give evidence in the civil case and is at serious risk of blurting out something useful to the criminal prosecutor. One of the arts of a prosecutor in such cases is to use civil proceedings to help leverage criminal proceedings to the extent he can get away with.

  • cows4me

    Well if one will stand for the ALP one should strive to live up to their ideals. Mr Thomson is indeed an exceptional team member.