The Opposition wants to establish a case for accusing Mr Thomson of having misled Parliament in his statement last Monday. FWA, which has been under considerable political pressure for the past year, was being put through an expected grilling by Liberal Eric Abetz. As an reporf of the pressure, the chief investigator, Terry Nassios, and Mr Lawler, are on extended leave and unavailable to the Senate inquiry. But he crzig made the claim in Parliament. Connect Upload Contact Us. The Senate committee also heard that Mr Thomson had not raised his claim that fellow HSU officials were conspiring against him.
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Doulkree Did you know that The Conversation is a nonprofit reader-supported global news organization? In missing that opportunity, Gillard has showed a characteristic lack of political judgement.
Become a Friend today. 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. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons thimpson.
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 enforcement of industrial awards. Formal democratic procedures have failed to protect the interests of union members. FWA v Thomson — online file The HSU is affiliated to the Labor Party but crqig 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.
Author Justin Norrie Editor. A spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday that this remained the case. Write an article and join a growing community of more than 77, academics and researchers from 2, institutions. Justin NorrieThe Conversation. Follow us on social media. Thomson is on the cross-benches and he has promised to support the Labor Party.
Online File — FWA v Thomson Officials have evaded questions put forward in the Senate estimates hearing seeking details of the probe, citing the risk of prejudice to the investigation or future civil or criminal proceedings.
AAP November 29, 5: The allegations are extraordinarily serious. With the decline in union and party memberships, the relationship has become too narrowly based and fqa too much like a closed network. The latest development in the HSU saga thomson three points. Second, the FWA needs to have better powers of investigation and prosecution in respect to unions and business organisations similar to those that operate in respect of ASIC and companies.
The lengthy time that FWA has taken to complete its investigations into the HSU has seriously weakened the political position of the organisation. The membership of the HSU has been effectively disempowered. While Slipper, like Thomson, is entitled to the presumption of innocence, the difference is that Slipper was stood aside immediately.
Mr Thomson, who was recently suspended from the Labor Party by the prime minister, continues to thompsn for his political survival. For the time being, the Fair Work Australia report has opened up new political challenges that the government must now confront. FWA has yet to decide whether the report will be made public. Third, reform of the relationship between unions and the ALP is long overdue. A future Coalition government is unlikely to be sympathetic to any tyompson by FWA for improved funding.
Most Australians did not want Malcolm Turnbull to be deposed as prime minister. The question now becomes whether Ms Gillard will craib Thomson back to the party. The downfall of Labor governments in Queensland and to a lesser extent NSW owed much to failures of public health administration.
Fair Work Australia has finally ended years of uncertainty by publicly releasing its recommendations on the embattled Health Services Union. Sign up Log out news. The Slipper and Thomson affairs have very long histories. The comparison with Peter Slipper is an instructive one. First, unions need to have processes that are far more transparent and rfport. The regulator says the union committed breaches of the Registered Organisations Act — all civil penalties punishable by fine.
It shows detachment from the electorate. FWA urges civil suit against Thomson: experts respond Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted. His resignation from parliament would put pressure on the Labor minority government, but not lead to its fall.
The chaotic internal affairs of the HSU have been serious embarrassment for the union movement and an insult to HSU members. But it is known the investigation is not only looking at union documents and evidence but allegations made in various media reports. Related Posts.
Report on FWA probe vindicates me: Thomson
Doulkree Did you know that The Conversation is a nonprofit reader-supported global news organization? In missing that opportunity, Gillard has showed a characteristic lack of political judgement. Become a Friend today. 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. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons thimpson. 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 enforcement of industrial awards.
FWA REPORT CRAIG THOMPSON PDF
It comes as NSW and Victorian police are close to finalising their own investigations into Mr Thomson - and are considering whether to lay criminal charges against the former Health Services Union boss. Mr Thomson is accused of misusing his union credit card for cash advances without receipts, while the FWA also found the MP had splurged hundreds of thousands of dollars on prostitutes, air travel and other personal spending without authorisation. Naturally I will vigorously defend these claims which are based on a totally discredited Fair Work Australia report. Parliamentarians can retain their jobs if found guilty in civil proceedings but not if convicted of criminal matters. But politicians cannot remain in parliament if bankrupted. After being criticised over the length of its inquiry, FWA found contraventions of civil penalty provisions, and another 76 contraventions of union rules, allegedly committed by Mr Thomson, national secretary Kathy Jackson, then national president Michael Williamson, an auditor, and the union itself.
The review report, released on Tuesday, found that FWA was inexperienced in such probes and had no "relevant investigation standards and procedures". There was also a lack of adequate documentation, insufficient resources and the investigators "did not consider all potential sources of information". However, the review found that FWA had conducted its interviews with witnesses appropriately. Mr Thomson said it backed his position that the FWA investigation was flawed and biased - claims he made in parliament earlier this year. The federal government had accepted the findings of the KPMG report, which was both "tough and honest", Mr Shorten said. The federal government has pledged to legislate any changes recommended by KPMG.
Craig Thomson accuses FWA of being 'pressured'
With the decline in union and party memberships, the relationship has become too narrowly based and operates too much like a closed network. Most Australians did not want Malcolm Turnbull to be deposed as prime minister. Perhaps if the voice of workers had been heard some disasters may have been averted. 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 enforcement of industrial awards.