Posts Tagged ‘ Craig Thompson ’

Them’s fightin’ words, Julia… allegedly


First, she has allegedly gone an accused alleged bloggers, who in the most part are allegedly just people with alleged day jobs and a bit of alleged passion and concern, of “gender-based” attacks.

Yep. Allegedly that’s OK. But what does “gender based attacks” even allegedly mean? And JFTR, when was the last time before this week anyone had allegedly heard the word, “scurrilous”? Is the next Pirates of the Caribbean going to be, in alleged fact, “Pirates of the alleged water cooler at the alleged Parliament House”?

Whatever that allegedly means, something’s got the allegedly so-called shagger Thomson all allegedly fired up again… allegedly.

CRAIG Thomson has declared Fair Work Australia is living in “a dream land” if it attempts to prosecute him over union rorts…

And then, this… after all.

JULIA Gillard admitted to law firm Slater & Gordon during an internal probe that she should have opened a file for the controversial legal work that she had done for her then client and boyfriend, union boss Bruce Wilson.

Standard practice would require a file being opened lest one want to defraud their own law firm… hypothetically speaking, of course, but not allegedly.

Allegedly, Gillard and her alleged Co. have had an alleged Pow Wow allegedly over the alleged night and might allegedly come out today, allegedly Wednesday, with their metaphorical alleged gloves allegedly off.

Sorry, can’t print that quote. You know, allegations and all.

PS Andrew Bolt, I love your work but you were too harsh on Larry Pickering.

Facebook shuts down free speech


Disturbing.

Prominent cartoonist Larry Pickering has been banned from Facebook after he posted an offensive nude drawing of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Pickering, whose drawings have been printed in a number of newspapers, featured a cartoon of a naked Julia Gillard talking about the carbon tax on his blog.

Offensive? To some perhaps, but then free speech should always be… to some… all the time.

The offence?

So it’s a three day ban after shouty moonbats went into overdrive.

Speaking of overdrive, Larry comments in a post entitled: “JULIA IN DEEPER SHIT THAN CRAIG”

Bruce Wilson was an AWU heavy and Gillard’s boyfriend at the time. He had been threatening developers in a thinly disguised, mob-style protection racket: Industrial peace for payment… up to $50,000 at a time.

The payments went straight to accounts Gillard had arranged while she was still working for the Left wing law firm, Slater & Gordon.

Gillard was into the scam up to her elbows and, as she was screwing Wilson at the time, pillow talk wasn’t confined to her other sexual exploits including married father, and current, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and now Gold Coast spiv Tim Mathieson who departed the Coast leaving multiple unpaid debts.

Her part in the scam was rewarded with $50,000 of renovations to her house and a $25,000 account at a top fashion house (although one could be forgiven for thinking she never used it.)

The story broke and Gillard went into frenzied damage control.

The Hoohah began when that post was posted juxtaposed to that pic.

Gillard? Get that lying shyster out of office already.

H/T Reader Sean of Deer Park

UPDATE

The day Bolta pulled all his posts.

UPDATE

That Glenn Milne column originally linked here.

UPDATE

What is it with the Left and their antipathy to free speech?

Fair Work Australia is a joke


Unbelievable. Something and a half to wake up to…

FAIR Work Australia’s three-year investigation into alleged criminal conduct by Labor MP Craig Thomson collapsed yesterday when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Chris Craigie SC, said FWA’s report was useless for the purpose of levelling possible charges.

Only a day after FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill announced the 1100-page report on the Health Services Union had been referred to the CDPP, Mr Craigie issued a statement saying it did not constitute a brief of evidence. The move means that FWA, which under Ms O’Neill has refused to co-operate with NSW and Victorian police investigating Mr Thomson, has achieved no result in terms of advancing any possible criminal prosecution, despite years of work and millions of dollars of public expenditure.

Wow. Just, wow.

Andrew Bolt asks, “What fresh hell greets Gillard today?”

Well, there’s the above. There’s the destruction of the Aussie Building and Construction Commission* which of course would have nothing to do with the spectacular face-plant that was the BER.

Tony Abbott may as well go on vacation.

I thought Fabian Socialism – of which our PM is an adherent – was meant to incrementally change Australia over decades, not destroy the Labor Party, her party, in mere months.

UPDATE

Regarding the FWA/Craig Thompson farce, Tony Abbott describes it as “an obstruction of justice orchestrated by friends of the current government”.

*The old ABCC’s job’s to be done by… union hacks Fair Work Australia now. Hmm, I remeber my BER mole stating that his/her company had sent compalints about the unions to the ABCC. I wonder if they were ever investigated properly before a desperate PM in damage control dismantled the one real avenue for recourse builders had.

UPDATE II

Na, na, FWA is independent, says Juliar.

That woman has no shame. I almost feel sorry what this apparently really nice person is doing to herself.

A friend in hard times


Sometimes it stank, but there used to always be loyalty.

THE ACTU is considering severing ties with the scandal-plagued Health Services Union as current and former officials face possible criminal charges.

A senior union source told The Australian Online that “severe action is being considered” against the HSU.

Loyalty isn’t dead and buried, however. Most of us have read by now how convenient it will be for embattled MP and former HSU boss, Craig Thompson. Under fire for allegedly using his union credit card to withdraw 100 grand and pay for prostitutes, more than three years after a Fair Work Australia probe into his expenses was launched it is finally being referred to the DPP. Yet by the time their investigation is wrapped up, criminal charges are possibly laid, and he possibly receives a sentence of 12 months or more, the Gillard government will have made it to the next election.

UPDATE

A more detailed link. It’ll be formalised tomorrow.

You think you’re frustrated, mate…


I feel his pain…

Harry Jenkins has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr Jenkins told parliament on Thursday morning that he had become progressively frustrated at the stricture of minority government.

UPDATE

Reader Merilyn was right. Something dirty was going on behind the scenes.

LIBERAL turncoat Peter Slipper has been elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives amid extraordinary scenes in parliament today, handing Labor a crucial extra vote in the chamber.

His elevation as Labor’s nominee, after Labor’s Harry Jenkins stood aside this morning, forces his resignation from his party.

This stinks to high heaven. This has to be the most rotten, deceitful, shameless and arrogant government Australia has ever had the misfortune of not electing.

And indeed, as Merilyn noted, was does this mean for embattled MP Craig Thompson, the bloke accused of using his Health Services Union credit card to withdraw $100,000 and pay for prostitutes among other things?

Can he “safely” be found guilty now, be ejected from the Parliament, resign (or be fired from) his seat, trigger a by-election and yet it won’t matter now if an Opposition candidate wins it?

Our democracy has been hijacked by spivs.

UPDATE II

Andrew Bolt:

This partly neuters Andrew Wilkie’s threat to tear up his agreement with the Govenment over pokies, and leaves the Government more able to defy the Greens, at least in the Lower House. Only this week it had to make a concession on withholding tax to the Greens just to get its new mining tax through the House of Representatives, without securing the Greens’ agreement to pass the tax in the Senate, too.

So let’s sum up. This is a Government that will be propped up by a Speaker who actually told his electorate he was a Liberal, and two independents who represent conservative electorates.

Democracy was meant to work out a bit better than this.

Bolt also notes that Jenkins appears to have been pushed.

And from that link, any suspicions about Craig Thompson have largely been confirmed.

UPDATE III

Read between the lines on this one.

It will take Mr Slipper’s annual salary package from $200,240 to $275,390, with additional benefits to his superannuation package once he retires. Facing party-room anger and dwindling preselection prospects, this could be at the end of the current term.

How… selfless!

Chris Kenny:

The dramatic deal to change Speakers in Canberra today ensures a political year riven by crisis, ends that way.

Relying on Independents for its survival and awaiting police investigations into one of its members, Labor has thrown any semblance of honour, political conviction or loyalty aside, to grasp onto a man who was about to be discarded by his own party. This not only looks desperate and unprincipled, it also sidelines the other independents, who might not be impressed, and so might not be so reliable in the future, and it also leaves Labor in a position where it will have to explain everything Mr Slipper does or has done.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all with this government…

Honeymoon over: HSU ALP split


How convenient for federal Labor, already so tarnished by the Craig Thompson affair and Bob Kernohan’s stat. dec.

THE Health Services Union has cut its ties with the Labor Party following weeks of revelations of alleged financial irregularities in the union.

The HSU East branch of the union, which takes in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, took the decision to disaffiliate from the ALP at a meeting of the union’s council this morning.

HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson reportedly voted against the resolution, which was urged by the NSW branch of the union.

Such posturing by the union will hardly wash away the stink caused by the long standing ties between the ALP and unions in general.

Craig Thompson goes global


You know it’s a good story when those Taiwanese animators get a hold of it. And it’s not surprising they did. Hookers, cash… what more could you want?

Via Bolta

PS Maybe it’s not just NSW Labor MPs they should be teaching ethics to.

It’s a democracy… so long as you shut up


On Monday, some of you may have been up early enough to read a column by Glenn Milne in the Australian detailing some shennanigans possibly involving PM Gillard and her then-boyfriend, Union official Bruce Wilson.

A few hours later it was pulled, as were posts on Andrew Bolt’s blog that covered the issue also.

Also on Monday, an interview on Sydney’s Fairfax-owned (i.e. NOT the evil Murdoch hate media) with ex Union official Bob Kernohan, was also pulled – at the behest of someone close to the PM if not the woman herself (more details here when today’s MTR podcast is up).

And from that last link, we also hear about Gillard having a whinge that people shouldn’t protest too much.

Of course, she’s likely referring to salt-of-the-earth types like those who participated in the Convoy of No Confidence.

One really doubts she’s referring to so-called “grassroots” professional protest mobs like GetUp!, which for the enlightenment of this blog’s American readers is something akin to ACORN.

Gillard says she doesn’t want protests in Australia becoming too “American”.

Would this be the same America our PM described just a few months ago – holding back tears and all – as “a beacon of Democracy”?

Meanwhile, a number of Labor federal MPs have stated they’re jumping ship come the next election, only one federal Labor MP in Queensland, Kevin Rudd (the one they DON’T want), would retain his seat, if an election were held today, and well, one wonders how embattled ex-Union secretary (accused of using his union credit card to buy prostitutes among other dubious, large expenses) Craig Thompson is feeling today.

Fun times…

Oh, and PS in case you missed it:

Jamie McIntyre:

On Friday our nation’s debt went over $200 billion for the first time ever. We borrowed $3.2 billion over the last week.

Our debt ceiling was $75 billion when the current party got into government. On 11 March 2009, “special circumstances” warranted an increase to a “temporary” level of $200 billion. The last budget saw the government increase it permanently to $250 billion.

So it takes about 220 years to reach $75 billion, but only four years to almost triple it.

Wow.

(Thanks Sean for the Kernohan PDF)

Newspeak


This government and its cronies are so shameless its almost laughable.

First we have PM Gillard accusing others of hypocrisy :roll:

Then we have Greens leader Bob Brown claiming “the mining industry is already putting a huge strain on the rest of the economy.”

What kind of rainbows and unicorns fantasy land are these people living in???

UPDATE

And listening to Bolta and Price on MTR today, you have Anthony Sleazyville whingeing that the Opposition shut down Question Time yesterday when it was actually the government that did it – and only five minutes in!

Not just a lie, but the complete opposite of the truth!

Oakeshott’s the biggest dill here. All the rest, Craig Thompson included, will walk away from all this with their federal parliamentary pensions intact. Windsor will get one from The NSW parliament as well.

As a one-term federal MP (at under 15% popularity he doesn’t have a Gillard chance at a truth convention of being re-elected), “Poor” Rob will only get his NSW parliamentary pension (so yeah, there’s no need to feel too sorry for him).

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