Welcome to the world of Craig Thomson: a parallel universe in Real World The FWA report states on December 13, , Thomson was. A FAIR Work Australia (FWA) probe into Labor MP Craig Thomson’s led by FWA director Terry Nassios – were on track to report to the FWA. Evidence obtained from the FWA interview with Mr Thomson. Union, Craig Thomson, National Secretary, Level 2 Victoria Street.

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It shows detachment from the electorate.

The pressure continues to intensify on embattled MP Craig Thomson. If criminal charges were brought, the fact that Gillard did not acted sooner could be that much more serious politically. The Slipper and Thomson affairs have very long histories.

Online File – FWA v Thomson

A move last week to install former Liberal MP Peter Slipper as Speaker, replacing Harry Jenkins who moved ceaig the Labor backbench, has shored up the government’s slender hold in the lower house. Did you know that The Conversation is a nonprofit reader-supported global news organization? His resignation from parliament would put pressure on the Labor minority government, but not lead to its fall.

Thomson is on the cross-benches and he has promised to support the Labor Party. A spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday that this remained the case. Formal democratic procedures have failed to protect the interests of union members. While Slipper, like Thomson, is entitled to the presumption of innocence, the difference is that Slipper was stood aside immediately. Not just a one-off, but continuous poor judgement. The comparison with Peter Slipper is an instructive one.


Third, reform of the relationship between unions and repoft ALP is long overdue. Become a Friend today. The regulator says the union committed breaches of the Registered Organisations Act – all civil penalties craiv by fine. Should I kill spiders in my home? In the s high union membership and more generous union entry rights to workplaces meant that the industrial regulator played little role in the direct fea of industrial awards.

AAP November 29, 5: Justin NorrieThe Conversation. FWA has yet to decide whether the report will be made public. First, unions need to have processes that are far more transparent and accountable. It took Thomson some time to stand aside from the parliamentary position he held early on in the term – the chair of a parliamentary committee.

The HSU is deport to the Labor Party but there is little evidence the union has ever acted as a means for ordinary workers in the health sector to influence the policies of Labor governments. Second, the FWA needs to have better powers of investigation and prosecution in respect craaig unions and business organisations similar to those that operate in respect of ASIC and companies.

Write an article and join a growing community of more than 77, academics and researchers from 2, institutions. A future Coalition government is unlikely to be sympathetic to any requests by FWA for improved funding.


The allegations are extraordinarily serious. The chaotic internal affairs of the HSU have been serious embarrassment for the union movement and an insult to HSU members.

FWA v Thomson – online file

Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted. In missing that opportunity, Gillard has showed a characteristic lack of political judgement. Available editions United States.

Furthermore, if he was to be taken back in the midst of continuing allegations, the government would be opening itself to further questions about whether it can make sound political judgement. A more open relationship is required, one that is more inclusive of a broader range of representative, community based organisations, is the long-term lesson of thomposn HSU fiasco.

The membership of the HSU has been effectively disempowered. But it is known the investigation is not only looking at union documents and evidence but allegations made ghompson various media reports.

Craig Thompson probe results likely by year’s end

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. The lengthy time that FWA has taken to complete its investigations into the HSU has seriously weakened the political position of the organisation. Author Justin Norrie Editor.

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