Thomson didn’t warn he might hurt himself, he accused the media of trying to push him to hurt himself, "Is this about trying to push someone to the brink?". And Kathy Jackson who charged to the HSU$46,290 for a Volvo and thousands of dollars for uniforms for a child care service in which no one wears uniforms deserves hero status from the opposition leader and puff pieces from News?
|—||Yes the guy accused by a whistleblower married to the vice-president of the organisation accusing him, a vice-president who was appointed by the current opposition leader who could profit from his leaving the house is “beyond censure”. For now.|
|—||Is Abbott going to have to justify his “support” of convicted assaulter Mary Jo Fisher and accused assaulter Bill Heffernan? Is Chris Pyne going to be made to release his phone records so we can find out if he has engineered a sexual harassment claim? Is Abbott going to be asked why he claims the carbon price is a tax when it isn’t one, or why he claims the carbon price is the world’s biggest carbon tax when it won’t be, or why he can attack a government policy for being a “big new tax” while having a paid parental leave scheme which is actually a big new tax? These questions are based on fact, the allegations against Craig Thomson are weak at best, from an organisation with ties to the Opposition Leader. Whether an opposition will get a free ride to the lodge with no scrutiny on its policies or members is more of a concern than whether one member of the house misused money of a union he worked for years ago. But I guess that’s the point, why actually prove to the Australian people that you’re suitable for government when you can just overblow scandals until you win by default?|
"Ms Jackson is also subject to a Fair Work Australia investigation."
"Heading the mining donors was Queensland magnate Clive Palmer, whose companies sent $959,000 to the Liberal and National parties. Queensland Nickel was the largest individual donor to the Liberal Party with $500,000. The commission’s figures appear to show no mining dollars going to Labor.
The tobacco industry was similarly one-sided, although in its case that was because Labor has stopped accepting its donations.
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris sent a combined $264,000 to Coalition parties, much of it in small parcels, the most intriguing of which was a donation of $999 to the South Australian Liberal Party.”
"Clubs and hotels also pulled out the cheque books, after the Independent MP Andrew Wilkie struck a now-defunct pokies deal to help Labor form government. Clubs New South Wales has disclosed it spent around $1 million last financial year on campaigns and more than $400,000 on donations. The New South Wales division of the Australian Hotels Association told the commission it gave nearly $860,000 in donations, mainly to the Liberal and National parties.”