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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 »

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