Sex scandal heats up Aus politics

2011-08-23 08:43

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.

  • - 2011-08-23 08:55

    And the prostitutes name was DOLLY.

  • Coconut - 2011-08-23 09:01

    I didn't know that the sheep in Australia were so advanced that they take credit cards. Must be a great sheep pen with comfy lucern for a mattress and don't forget online credit card facilities. How doff can a politician really be. Strikes me that they are ALL the same throughout the world, thieving corrupt and dishonest individuals.

      Carthago - 2011-08-23 11:49

      Hehehe - You made my day

      King Msendi - 2011-08-23 12:02

      I like it when you say "they are ALL the same throughout the world, thieving corrupt and dishonest individuals"………………

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 12:10

      Agreed, King Msendi.

  • pberchu - 2011-08-23 09:15

    I think I have found my calling & a career

  • patrickb - 2011-08-23 09:30

    Give him a break. Once a bloke hits city life, he has to turn to the 2nd best thing after a sheep, and that's a prostitute. Hope she at least had curly white hair.

      Komasa - 2011-08-23 09:36

      And a juicy tail.

  • Komasa - 2011-08-23 09:32

    Politics is a 'dirty' business.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-23 10:04

    The new master card slogan :" swipe and open "

  • Jantjieman - 2011-08-23 10:15

    I'm concerned about the quality of news articles on there: "bring down the country's fragile government", seriously how can something like this bring down the Australian government? This is very poor.

      OzzyInSA - 2011-08-23 10:40

      The current Labor government in Australia does not have a sole majority of seats in parliament. They did a deal with the Green Party and some independent members to cling to power even though the opposition Liberal party got more votes. It is the problem with the proportional representation rather than first past the post style of voting. Therefore, unlike here, if a politician commits any wrongdoing he is forced to quit his office. Same if he has a criminal record. If he quits the current Labor majority of 1 seat will disappear making it impossible for the government to get anything passed. If 2 pieces of legislation fail to pass the government is forced to dissolve the parliament and call fresh elections. With the current discontent in Australia of the Labor government over issues like assylum seekers and the carbon tax, it would be fairly likely that Labor would be kicked out and the Liberal party would form a new government. So, the article is correct in saying this can bring down the government.

      Mxo32 - 2011-08-23 11:08

      You have no idea what you are talking about...put emotions aside and do a proper research before disputing...

      OzzyInSA - 2011-08-23 11:31

      Mxo32, are you referring to my comment or to Jantjieman?

      Jantjieman - 2011-08-23 11:34

      Errrm Libya has a "fragile government", there is nothing Fragile about how things are governed in Aus. Thanks for the read though .. can you imagine a cabinet of trustworthy politicians without criminal records.

      Mxo32 - 2011-08-23 12:14

      @OzzyInSA...I am referring to Jantjieman

      Tolerant - 2011-08-23 14:34

      Single seat majority, this is what it is all about, J-Man. If this person has to quit, she does not have a majority anymore.

      OzzyInSA - 2011-08-23 15:00

      @Jantjieman, you are right in some respects. There is nothing fragile about the political system in Australia. However, the current government's hold on power is fragile.

  • Optimus-Prime - 2011-08-23 10:17

    WTF? Aus was supposed to be the promised land!!!!!

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-23 12:08

    Good heavens the Aussies worried about sex! Amazing.

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 12:12

      Perhaps Dolly also sold beer.

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-08-23 13:48

    If their government changes and the new guys protect the integrity of their borders and culture from the ever creeping Asian world it will be a blessing in disguise.

  • Mooey - 2011-08-23 15:08

    Prostitutes take credit cards? Where do you swipe?

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