Every criminal in town seems to want to help Craig Thomson make some money. At least Labor Party and union criminals do. In the latest twist the NSW Labor Party secretary Sam Dastyari has allegedly suggested to Craig Thomson in a meeting last week, or so Thomson says, that he could run for Labor Party pre-selection in his seat of Dobell and lose which would then qualify him for a parliamentary redundancy of about $100,000.
It is Sam Dastyari who would have approved the payment by the NSW Labor Party of $350,000 to cover Craig Thomson’s previous legal bills. (Click here to read more) I was planning another post but the “Craig Thomson – show me the money” saga just keeps on growing. Now we also have the Federal Police looking at the situation after the Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis sent them a letter of complaint regarding possible breaches of the law. (Click here to read the letter)
Craig Thomson is the federal MP for the electorate of Dobell and is facing criminal and civil charges for ripping off the Health Services Union when he worked there before he entered parliament in 2007. He was suspended from the Labor Party last year and will not get a parliamentary redundancy if he does not run at the election in September which he has stated he would run as an independent. He will clearly lose the election but by running guarantees himself the redundancy. He is also facing an estimated $300,000 in legal bills for the civil and criminal charges.
So Mr Thomson is looking at all avenues to raise money before he leaves parliament. The first cab off the rank would have been the TWU slush fund that I wrote about a few weeks ago. But that is now problematic as is has been outed and so is the trust fund that Craig Thomson had his father organise to funnel money through as the Victorian Police are having a close look at that.
The Labor Party bribe offer
Craig Thomson had a meeting with NSW Labor Party secretary Sam Dastyari on the 7th of May and said:
‘‘Sam made it clear that if I wanted to stand for preselection I could do so, and if the party didn’t preselect me, I would be entitled to redundancy,’’ he said. And that he “was entitled to a redundancy if he lost” and ‘‘But Sam was also, I think, trying to persuade me not to stand as an independent.’’ Sam Dastyari has denied what Craig Thomson has said.
“Senator Brandis said that if this was true, then a person or persons within the ALP had sought to induce Mr Thomson to undergo a ‘‘sham preselection process for the purpose of fraudulently increasing his severance entitlements’’. Senator Brandis suggested that this breached sections of the Criminal Code and Commonwealth Electoral Acts.” (Click here to read more)
For the Labor Party Craig Thomson is a big headache, not just in his own electorate of Dobell given he is going to run as an independent, but also nationally as he is a constant reminder of corruption in the Labor Party. If they re-instated him to the Labor Party and had him lose the pre-selection it would have benefited Labor greatly as he would have been out of the picture come the election in September. There would have been some short-term bad press but that would have been forgotten fairly quickly and the reality is the press for the Labor Party can not get much worse anyhow. So it would make sense for Labor to make Craig Thomson the offer he says that they did.
Even though Craig Thomson is a compulsive liar I tend to believe him on this one as I do not think he has much to gain by lying. Although if at the next election Craig Thomson gets more than 4% of the vote he is entitled to government election funding. The rate was 231.191 cents per House of Representatives vote at the 2010 election and would be higher this election as it is “indexed every six months to increases in the Consumer Price Index”. So there is another 10 or 20 grand in Craig Thomson’s pocket if he gets greater than the 4% vote needed to qualify and if he does not spend much on the campaign.
On the ALP website the Sam Dastyari Bio page says “Sam has been the General Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch) since April 2010, having previously held the positions of Assistant General Secretary and State Organiser.” (Click here to read more) Now this puts Mr Dastyari right at the heart of decision-making in approving Craig Thomson’s previous $350,000 which was done in a dodgy and secret manner and only revealed after extreme pressure. Now we are expected to believe that Mr Dastyari did not try to bribe Craig Thomson this time.
As it turns out Sam Dastyari is a good friend of ALP vice-president Tony Sheldon (see picture) who has received recent mention on this site as setting up a slush fund to help pay Craig Thomson’s legal bills. Mr Sheldon took offence and sent me a legal letter which I put to good use in another post. (Click here to read the post) I have not heard from Mr Sheldon again.
So lets recap. The Victorian Police are having a good look at the trust fund that Craig Thomson had his father set up. The Federal Police are evaluating the complaint by George Brandis to see if any crimes have been committed by the Labor Party’s offer to Craig Thomson. And then there is the defamation threat by the well-known fraudster, thief and slush fund operator etc Labor Party vice-president Tony Sheldon against myself and this site in relation to 2 posts that I wrote on Craig Thomson’s legal funding. Craig Thomson is a one man wrecking ball. So why did Sam Dastyari meet with him last week? He should not have gone anywhere near him given his past history with the $350,000 legal fee payment for Craig Thomson.
The Labor Party are clearly looking at all options to get Craig Thomson cashed up and out of the way.
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