Tuesday, 25th March 2014

CRAIG THOMSON JAILED

Craig Thomson has been sentenced to 12 months' jail with nine months suspended for misusing union funds.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said Thomson had shown "blatant dishonesty", and his misappropriation of funds for personal benefit, including paying for sex, was brazen and arrogant.

"Nothing has been put to me to suggest these matters were not committed for anything other than personal greed," Rozencwajg added.

For both the ALP and the unions, the Craig Thomson affair has been damaging for such a long time that they will welcome closure of the matter. They may need to wait a little longer: Thomson's legal team has indicated it wishes to appeal.

The Coalition government will appreciate the public reminder that many of the recent corruption scandals originated with Labor Party figures – even the one that involves its man Sinodinos. 

Nick Feik
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