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.

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