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Thomson vote affair turns spotlight on the Liberals : Comments

By Jo Coghlan, published 12/6/2012

Judicial separation of powers means Tony Abbott doesn't get to decide Thomsonís fate.

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Lofty questions of the Separation of Powers doctrine to one side for the moment, it seems to me that the more relevant constraint on Mr Abbott and his mates is that provided by s.8 of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 (Cwth), which codifies traditional notions of Parliamentary Privilege, and in so doing makes it clear that a Member may not be 'expelled from membership' of a House by action of either House.

That being so, purported 'debate' in Parliament about the question of whether the conduct of a Member is/was such as to 'taint' his/her vote (whatever that might mean), with the implication that the Member ought to be somewhow deprived of his/her vote, might well be regarded as either out of order, or just so much hot air.

HW
Brisbane
Posted by Ethicos, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 9:13:02 AM
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The current state of the Federal Parliament shows clearly that humans are loathsome creatures who are driven by greed for wealth and/or power and will do anything to achieve it.

You would not expect a group of retarded rats to exhibit things like nobility or wisdom or maturity or morality, would you? Given that rats are far above humans...

http://dangerouscreation.com
Posted by David G, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 9:38:49 AM
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one would have to be desperately in love with the Labour party to somehow claim that Labour now has the high moral ground after protecting and paying for Thomsons legal fees. Thankfully the public ain't that stupid.
Posted by runner, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:09:20 AM
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Thomson now votes as an independent member of parliament, just like Windsor,Oakeshott,Wilkie and Slipper. If the Libs have no hesitation in accepting a vote from the latter four independents, who can be regarded as tainted, as they effectively sold their souls to Labor,then they need to rethink their position on considering Thomson's vote tainted, regardless of the accusations that have been made against him.

It would be interesting to see how the Libs would react if Thomson joined them in a 'no confidence' vote against the Government. Would they be silly enough to run out of the Chamber so as to lose that vote?
Posted by Raycom, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 11:55:52 AM
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FWA did not find anything at all. It shows up here again though how lazy our media are - read the findings but not the reasonings.

One example of one finding of using prostitutes had already been discredited by a Blackburn Maurice investigation.

February 26 2003 Terry Nassios claimed Thomson had used a hooker in Sydney even though he then documented the fact that Thomson was in the Margaret River Valley travelling with his wife and had in fact been in Perth since February 21.

Another such use was in April 9 2005 based only on the use of a rejected credit card in the name of ThomPson.

Nassios's report consisted of - there were no rules, he broke them.

Coghlan is again just another lazy journalist to tired to read the truth.

It is the fruitloop Kathy Jackson and her former husband who are the thieves and spivs as can be seen with documented facts here.

http://www.independentaustralia.net/category/politics/

Based on actual facts it can be seen over 11 reports backed with documents that Jackson is not a whistleblower, she is the chief spiv.

Almost every word of every report into Craig Thomson has been a lie based on the credit card slip but based on that alone the man has been abused and tortured.

And Gillard had no right to dump him at all, she is a knee jerk lazy reactionary back stabber with no use for the rule of law.
Posted by Marilyn Shepherd, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 3:43:32 PM
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It's interesting to see someone like Eric Abetz now suggesting that the Libs back off from getting too close to Kathy Jackson because she is apparently "dangerous" and "unhinged".

With the growing list of proven corruption charges against her it's beginning to look like she made those allegations against Thomson to divert attention away from herself and may yet turn out to be Abbott's very own Godwin Grech when he finds himself entangled into what will inevitably come out.

The longer the mainstream media choose to ignore it, the more dramatic will be the revelations and the poorer his judgement will seem.

A coincidence today is the now resolved Chamberlain case - demonstrating how easily the media can assassinate somebody's character and how damaging their gratuitous lies can be to the implementation of justice.

Runner may be offended at the morality of the ALP paying Thomson's legal fees but what does he think about the Libs paying for Ashby's costs or the HR Nicholl Society paying for Jackson?

They are all just pawns in a larger game - as are we all.
Posted by wobbles, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 7:48:11 PM
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