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.

Forensic accountant Gerard Curtin, who compiled the spreadsheets, told the court the spending on sexual services was classified in the union’s bookkeeping system under entertainment, meetings at the national office or teleconferencing.

Mr Curtin said $3500 in cash was withdrawn from HSU accounts on one of Mr Thomson’s union-issued credit cards between April 2005 and December 2007.

But there was no evidence any of Mr Thomson’s personal accounts had been used to reimburse the HSU’s accounts, Mr Curtin said.

Mr Thomson is accused of using HSU credit cards and a Flight Centre account to accrue more than $28,000 in personal expenses, including for sexual services, in-house adult films in hotel rooms and flights and cigarettes for his then wife during his term as national secretary from 2002 to 2007.

He is also accused of using the credit cards to make cash withdrawals.

Mr Thomson, 49, has pleaded not guilty to 145 fraud and theft charges.

Apart from thepesky court proceedings it seems life as a union boss in Australia is pretty much all shits and giggles.


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