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posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 08:47 PM
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Australian Politics doesn’t get much airtime overseas, fair enough too. Its long winded, boring and nothing but a skank-fight in the backyard with various mud throwing, accusation, allegations, backstabbing and poorly timed efforts and making the other person look like the devil. Although they are good at giving themselves 3 pay rises a year even when their approval rating hovers around 30% and they rarely, if ever, do anything the public wants.

But, this week it took a nastier turn than normal!


JULIA Gillard's high-stakes election strategy has been rocked by ex-Labor MP Craig Thomson's arrest on 149 fraud charges, including allegedly using union funds to pay for prostitutes.


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A day AFTER Julia (the liar) Gillard announced the election, Craig Thomson was arrested, at his political HQ for 150 charges of fraud.

This didn’t happen in the 8months prior to the election date being set, when he was originally accused, no, he was arrested at his political headquarters in a public area in full view of everyone. Marched to the backseat of a car surrounded by detectives and driven off.
A pure case of ensuring the MEDIA showing this man as guilty, regardless of any presumption for innocence.

The Kicker? Is that the TV News media was told 24hrs before his arrest when and where it was occurring, so that all the camera’s would be there to view this man being taken away.


Of course, the staff at Thomson’s electorate office might have been forewarned somewhat by the Channel Seven cameraman who had begun setting up in front of the MP’s office early that morning. And by the time the police arrived, many more media organisations were well set up outside Thomson’s office — with estimates of up to 10 camera crews there by “showtime”.


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you only need to look at Tony Abbotts face when he was asked about this mans arrest (after the news broke), to see he is struggling to contain his delight, because this is where it’s all coming from, this arrest, the timing is a carefully staged show to make the Gillard Government look as bad as possible.


Abbott Interview

Craig Thomson was accused of using his union money for hookers, hotels, drugs and booze. He has strongly denied any wrong doing time and time again.

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Here's Craig Thomson address to parliament in May 2012, where he is defending himself against the Coalitions accusations!
Take note of the very significant words here


YOU unleashed the lynchmob.

he said, as he finger pointed Tony Abbott.



Your typical political circus right? Well, there’s a bit more too it.

One of the KEY prostitutes involved in the case stated she was paid $60,000 to fly to Sydney and make a statement to the media that she slept with Craig Thomson.


She says the executive producer of A Current Affair, Grant Williams, had contacted her in May offering to pay her $60,000 to fly to Sydney.


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However, the media came out strongly denying they paid her a cent for the interview. So who’s lying? Did she, or didn’t she receive money to make the statement?

Well it doesn’t matter anymore. It turns out that after she gave the interview to the media, she actually contacted her lawyer and the media retracting her statement, saying she was in NZ at the time and didn’t infact sleep with mr Thomson.

But, this didn’t stop the Australian Media from airing the interviewing that clearly accused Thomson of sleeping with the prostitute.

Let’s say that again


I retracted everything I said


You can’t use anything I said, as I am no longer 100% sure




She declared it was a case of "complete mistaken identity" in an interview on the Seven Network's Today Tonight program last night.
The woman signed an affidavit and conducted an interview with Nine Network's A Current Affair claiming the suspended Labor MP had paid her for sex in May 2005 when she worked at Boardroom Escorts. In fact, the woman was overseas at the time.

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and yet… the Australian Television media ran the interview as the corner stone for the Craig Thomson Scandal.

Whats her opinion on the scandal?


"It's a really terrible case of mistaken identity," she said. "I just don't think that Craig Thomson should be punished over something that is quite likely false."


So, whats Craig Thomson been saying about all this?


He also claimed, under parliamentary privilege, that HSU deputy general secretary Marco Bolano had once threatened to “set him up with escorts”.



Mr Thomson said he did hope parliamentarians would keep an open mind, saying there were some “very simple ways” in which his factional opponents could have manufactured false evidence to create the impression he had been with prostitutes.



"I was in a very dysfunctional union for a long time and in about 2004, amongst a whole range of other threats that were made to me, one was that they would ruin my potential political career ... by setting me up with hookers," Mr Thomson told the Nine Network this morning.



"The whole executive knew what my credit card numbers were," he added.



Now, I am going to be keeping a close eye on this, because personally I believe this is a cut and dry case of a man being setup. The Murdoch Media backing its horse and only showing one side of the story! Its disgusting politics being driven from the coalitions man, Tony Abbott!

My final thought,

If you had used your credit card for prostitutes, using your employers money. If you signed the receipts and had the statements and were guilty.. wouldn’t you face up and accept your fine? I mean they have you cold snapped, receipts, signatures.
But, imagine if you tried to bring in expenditure oversight, your colleagues didn’t like it and took your credit card (which was freely available to the office) forged your signature (which was freely available in documents) then framed you for using prostitutes would you not strongly defend this? Especially when the key witness (the prostitute) came out and said she was paid to say she slept with you, but later stated it was a lie ?

This is something I'm going to be paying close attention too over the next 7-8 months. This will be a prime example of the bias and the control certain political groups have over the media, also the power certain media groups have over the politicians in this country.
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posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:25 PM
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Awesome write up mate. I've been on and off following the case, but you lay it out clear as day.

It's no wonder this country has one party. The corruption party. Doesn't matter what flavour of politics you call it, it all has the same rotten core and it destroys any and all it considers in the way.

It's disgusting.



posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:27 PM
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Craig Thomson is a politician, he bull#s for a living.
He done those hookers, sometimes 2

This would normally make him a champion in my book, but he used money that was'nt his.
He's going to jail for a long time, and Labor will loose by a landslide because they are all wankers too.



posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:34 PM
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great job op.



i have a personal interest in this as it was my union he stole the funds from. the bloke is a crook. a royal commission is the only thing that will clean up the whole union mess.

i have never witnessed a prime minister more hated and give less respect than julia gillard.

i dont think she will make it till the end of this month without being challenged.

i have never seen australian politics in such bad shape as it is now.



posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:38 PM
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@winofiend
thanks mate!

I hate the fact we only have Gillard or Abbott to pick, its criminal. I wouldnt want either of them as my lawn mower, let alone my PM!

@LeLeu
Your right, majority of them are, but, the media has shown Craig T to be Guilty, even your convinced. Dont you find something fishy about that? considering he hasnt even been tried yet and he's been threatened with being setup with hookers in the past?


@bella
Thanks!

Sorry to hear your funds were taken, I agree a royal commission into many things, Rudds knifing included. But, I am not sure this man is guilty, however i will eat my words if he confesses or sufficiant evidence is presented he cannot answer for!

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posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:49 PM
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trust me chop...lol...he is as guilty as hell. i was so pissed off he wasnt handcuffed when he was taken into custody yesterday.

also keep an eye out for a massive story apparently about to appear soon on a current affair. not a show i would usually sprook for, but they have the goods on him and were asked to hold back for the time being.



posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 09:50 PM
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Here's hoping any inquiries are conducted into this Marco Bolano character. I don't like the Labor government but I sure as the proverbial poop don't want another Liberal government after Howard's antics and the Tampa fiasco.

We have a choice between two centre-right neo-liberal parties, and neither of them represent Australian values or beliefs.


 
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posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 10:15 PM
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Maybe so, but i wont comment until I see that.

Handcuffs? c'mon, the media was sent there specifically to film him being driven away by detectives... hate politics, but lets keep a level head when thinking of justice.

If he's guilty, handcuff him and let the public deal with him I say, but until then you need to presume this man innocent.



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 12:13 AM
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Your right, majority of them are, but, the media has shown Craig T to be Guilty, even your convinced. Dont you find something fishy about that? considering he hasnt even been tried yet and he's been threatened with being setup with hookers in the past?


Yeah, your right mate it does sound pretty dodgy

But then the fraud squad must have enough evidence to charge him with 140+ charges.
The circus/court case is gonna be interesting me thinks



posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 12:23 AM
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04/02/2013
More irregularities in the Thomson scandal


Mr Thomson had a rare victory today when the NSW Police confirmed he had not been given the option of surrendering to them on a Victorian warrant last week. Instead, on Thursday he was dramatically arrested by five officers and taken to a watchhouse where he was strip searched.

After the arrest Detective Superintendent Col Dyson said Mr Thomson had been invited to surrender himself before Christmas but had declined.

In fact, he had been asked to come to Melbourne to be interviewed by police and had rejected that request.

Today Mr Dyson said in a statement, "The arrest warrant indicated that Mr Thomson was invited to Victoria to be interviewed.

"It additionally indicated that the arrest warrant was issued on the grounds that he was avoiding the service of the summons. I concede the word 'summons' and not 'arrest' should have been used when I referred to the wording on the warrant.''


nothing significant but just another case of the police and the media working together to discredit Mr Thomson!







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