Welcome to the world of Craig Thomson: a parallel universe in Real World The FWA report states on December 13, , Thomson was. A FAIR Work Australia (FWA) probe into Labor MP Craig Thomson’s led by FWA director Terry Nassios – were on track to report to the FWA. Evidence obtained from the FWA interview with Mr Thomson. Union, Craig Thomson, National Secretary, Level 2 Victoria Street.

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FWA urges civil suit against Thomson: experts respond

The comparison with Peter Slipper is an instructive one. Author Rwport Norrie Editor. The latest development in the HSU saga emphasises three points. But it is known the investigation is not only looking at union documents and evidence but allegations made in various media reports. A more open relationship is required, one that is more inclusive of a broader range of representative, community based organisations, is the long-term lesson of the HSU fiasco.

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The question now becomes whether Ms Gillard will welcome Thomson back to the party. A move last week to install former Liberal MP Peter Slipper as Speaker, replacing Harry Jenkins who moved to the Labor backbench, has shored up the government’s slender hold in the lower house.


A future Coalition government is unlikely fwz be sympathetic to any requests by FWA for improved funding. Formal democratic procedures have failed to protect the interests of union members. Here, the experts respond to the latest development in this long-running saga.

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Originally published as Thompson probe results likely by year’s end. Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted. His resignation from parliament would put pressure on the Labor minority government, but not lead to its fall.

The downfall of Labor governments in Queensland and to a lesser extent NSW owed much to failures of public health administration. While Slipper, like Thomson, is entitled to the presumption of innocence, the difference is that Slipper was stood aside immediately. Fair Work Australia has finally ended years of uncertainty by publicly releasing its recommendations on the embattled Health Services Union.

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The regulator says thompsoh union committed breaches of the Registered Organisations Act – all civil penalties punishable by fine. Follow us on social media. Unions can no longer use the fig leaf of class war, or the pretence that these private matters that will be settled internally. The industrial watchdog has been looking at the allegations relating to Mr Thomson’s time as the Health Services Union HSU national secretary since Aprilbut a formal investigation did not start until March If criminal charges were brought, the fact that Gillard did not acted sooner could be that much more serious politically.


The investigations are continuing,” the spokeswoman said. First, unions need to have processes that are far more transparent and accountable.

The HSU is affiliated to the Labor Party but there is little evidence the union has ever acted as a means thomspon ordinary workers in the health sector to influence the policies of Labor governments. It took Thomson some time to stand aside from the parliamentary position he held early on in the term – the chair of a parliamentary committee.

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Furthermore, if he was to be taken back in the midst of continuing allegations, the government would be opening itself to further questions about whether it can make sound political judgement.

A spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday that this remained the case. In missing that opportunity, Gillard has showed a characteristic lack of political judgement. Sign up Log out news. Third, reform of the relationship between unions and the ALP is long overdue. For the time being, the Fair Work Australia report has thhompson up new political challenges that the government must now confront.