Sex scandal heats up Aus politics
Canberra - Australian police are investigating allegations that a lawmaker misused a credit card to pay prostitutes in a political scandal that could bring down the country's fragile government.
Police announced on Tuesday that they are investigating new evidence that government lawmaker Craig Thomson misused a trade union credit card when he was a senior union official in 2005 and 2007.
A conviction for theft or fraud would force Thomson to quit Parliament and cost Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government its single-seat majority.
Thomson has denied any wrongdoing and Gillard is publicly supporting him. The new evidence was presented to police by an opposition senator.