Craig Thomson

So the ‘insouciant’ Craig Thomson has no regrets, no shame and no contrition. He is appealing the three-month jail term (with nine months suspended sentence).

Thomson should be very careful – appeal judges do not usually take lightly prisoners who behave arrogantly and show no remorse. He may find that the sentence is substantially increased. Why should a guilty person who does not accept that he has committed a crime be released early?

Thomson may maintain his innocence, but he agreed to repay $24,538.42 to the HSU. The Magistrate, Charlie Rozencwajg, described Thomson’s actions as ‘blatant dishonesty’ and Thomson acting with ‘brazen arrogance and a sense of entitlement’.

Perhaps Thomson may end up enjoying the facilities at the local jail somewhat longer than three months? His sense of entitlement might not be appreciated by his fellow inmates.

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24 Responses to Craig Thomson

  1. Tiny Dancer

    The “offer” to repay has to be seen in it’s true light. It’s not an admission that he did it because it happened after the verdict and it won’t feature in the hearing of the appeal. He acted on the advice of his lawyers to try and minimise the penalty. His lawyers are duty bound to give him advice to mitigate his penalty and he would be stupid to not accept that advice.

    I presume that as the DPP will be appearing on the appeal as the respondent that they would lodge an appeal on the inadequacy of the penalty imposed. Won’t cost them anything more than just defending his appeal.

    I also wonder if he does a “Greg Bird” and gives evidence at the hearing of his appeal after he chose not to at his summary hearing. That would be very poor form if he did.

  2. cuckoo

    Sorry, I’m suffering from whiplash. First Thomson spends years declaring he didn’t do any of the things he was accused of. Then in court his lawyer agrees that yes, he did do all those things, but there were mitigating factors. Then, once he clambers out from under the roller door at the back of the court builiding (why do any of them bother?), he tells the waiting media pack that, no he never did any of those things.

  3. Ant

    There’s just one thing that’s really surprised me about this corrupt union official in this tawdry affair.

    Not that a union official would pilfer the money of his members to get his kicks screwing some skanky hookers. No, that’s probably the least destructive thing he did – relative to the damage union officials actually do to private enterprise and society as a whole.

    The most surprising thing is that, after committing this crime and act of naked debauchery, the guy ran for parliament!

    And the Labor Party embraced him.

    OK, that’s two things. The second one’s not that surprising, though.

  4. Badjack

    Perhaps his hapless lawyer has advised him that if he appeals he will not be able to be brought before the up coming Royal Commission into trade union corruption.

  5. Joe Goodacre

    Let’s hope it gets increased. Run that gauntlet Thommo!

  6. Luke

    Who is paying for all this? The defense and now the appeal. Remember how broke he was that Labor had to stump up his legal fees while he was an MP.

    $20 says Craig declares bankruptcy and never pays back a cent of the money promised.

  7. Mike of Marion

    Thomson appeal hearing set for November – can’t Victoria find an Appeals Court Panel earlier????

  8. Pickles

    Probably just another apocryphal yarn, but anyway, once upon a time in Brisbane, a miscreant was found guilty and was before a famously irascible old Judge for sentence. His Honour gave the prisoner a dressing down. As usual, once he proceeded to the sentency bit, his voice would boom away like one of Wellington’s cannon at Waterloo.

    “I sentence you to a term of imprisonment of three years” he began. The prisoner interrupted: “I don’t care what you sentence me to, you f#$ old c^&*. Judgy continued: “and eleven months. Take him down gentlemen”.

  9. Tom

    appeal judges do not usually take lightly prisoners who behave arrogantly and show no remorse

    How about the judge/magistrate who allowed him EIGHT CALENDAR MONTHS to continue to thumb his nose at the justice system before the November 24 appeal? Talk about arrogance and sense of entitlement — the system is telling the hospital cleaners et al who were ripped off by this scum that they can all go and get fucked, although much of that had already been achieved by Rob Hulls bumboy Charlie Rozencwajg’s obscene non-sentence on behalf of The Movement.

  10. Squirrel

    There’s always the entertaining possibility that more dirty linen will be aired in the appeal, and on the principle that life often does imitate art, Craig might become a real life Cal McGregor (but dressing to the left, of course).

  11. H B Bear

    There certainly appeared to be a discord between the sentencing Magistrate’s description of Thomson, his actions and the sentence imposed. I wonder if the appeal Judges will think along the same lines?

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Probably just another apocryphal yarn

    There was the tale, probably also apocryphal, of one of Her Majesties finest “fronting the C.O.” one morning, and being sentenced to “Fourteen days at Military Corrective Establishment” (The “boob” or the “slammer” – a place best avoided.)

    “Fourteen days” snarled the unrepentant miscreant “I could do that standing on my head.”

    “In that case,” remarked the Commanding Officer “You’d better have another fourteen days to put you back on your feet. Twenty eight days at Military Corrective Establishment. March him out, Warrant Officer.”

  13. .

    I wonder if the Union RC will unearth more evidence. A risky strategy indeed.

  14. Bob

    I wonder, who paid the bail, and how much it was.
    And who is paying for his defence lawyers as well.
    I am sure it wouldn’t by the Labor again, would it?

  15. Senile Old Guy

    You can’t make this stuff up:

    Adjunct associate professor Stephen Woods assessed Thomson earlier this month ahead of a hearing on whether Thomson should face jail time for his crimes.

    Mr Thomson stated that he was shocked, and to have experienced an overwhelming sense of panic when the allegations against him were first aired in the Sydney Morning Herald,” Professor Woods said.

    Shocked as in: “OMG, I’ve been caught!” Or shocked as in: “I can’t spend union money on prostitutes?” Or, perhaps, shock as in: “I’m a Labor politician, therefore above the law.”

    As noted by cuckoo, I am stunned that, in court his lawyer “does not contest” the charges, but as soon as he is sentenced, Thomson claims he is innocent.

  16. Cato the Elder

    Thomson has to be gambling that:

    (a) he has a reasonable chance of overturning the conviction on appeal; or

    (b) if he loses on that, his sentence won’t be increased; or

    (c ) in any case it puts things off for 8 months and who knows? The horse may learn to sing.

    It’s a guts call as the sentence looks “manifestly inadequate” to most people, so he could easily get more time. It’s not a risk free bet.

  17. Baldrick

    A lot would depend on what Shagger’s is appealing against … the sentence or the conviction.

    If he is appealing against the sentence he could say that it was too severe ( which seems unlikely) or if he is appealing against the conviction it would because he is saying he is not guilty, in which case his defence team would have to produce new evidence to the Appeals Court.

    Perhaps Shagger’s is hoping that something may come out of the RC into Union corruption that he can use at his appeals hearing.

  18. “Mr Thomson stated that he was shocked, and to have experienced an overwhelming sense of panic when the allegations against him were first aired in the Sydney Morning Herald,” Professor Woods said.

    I don’t buy any of this depression thing. I remember Craig Thomson’s smirking face in Parliament, day in, day out, absolutely CERTAIN that he was never going to get caught.

    Thomson told the psychologist “things got really bad in 2010” when his vote became crucial to Julia Gillard’s minority government.

    He began to suffer from episodes of acutely depressed mood with symptoms of dissociation and depersonalisation as well as physical symptoms of chest tightness and abdominal pain.

    And yet he sat and smirked in Parliament. Day in, day out. Even though Tony Abbott knew he was really a very sick man, and suggested he stand down from Parliament for the sake of his health.

    Thomson reported this month that he currently has trouble sleeping, lying awake worrying at night, cannot eat due to worry and feels socially isolated.

    Yes, I think you will find most people who are being sent to prison for the first time feel that way. And in fact, the day he felt most sick during his trial was the day that the prosecution put its case forward, and he realised just how much they had against him that couldn’t be wiggled out of.

    “Mr Thomson’s affect when disclosing of the circumstances of his (adopted) sister’s death, injuries sustained by their parents and his continuing sense of self-blame for not being able to ‘somehow’ avoid the accident caused me to reach the view that he continues to suffer from a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often referred to as ‘survivor guilt’,” Professor Woods said.

    So? This somehow justifies going on a proven crime spree after an adult life of unprecdented privilege and affluence?

    Professor Woods said mild depression which was diagnosed in 2012 was now ”moderate’’ and approaching ”severe’’ reflecting “his growing level of despondence and particularly since being found guilty of the charges.”

    You don’t say.

    You know, in my experience, one of the best treatments for depression is ACT – acceptance and commitment therapy. The first step is accepting that things ARE they way they ARE. You tune into reality and you face it, and you look at your own limitations, and you ACCEPT them. It also involves taking responsibility for the things you’ve done that have contributed towards the depression.

    Painful, but effective. Perhaps Thomson should try it some time.

  19. The other alternative, of course, is that the ‘depersonalisation’ thing is going to be invoked to explain why he told Laurie Oakes such a pack of tarrydiddles about the mystery penis-stealer who set him up.

    ‘I have no recollection of that incident. I was in a fugue state.’

    Or the speech in Parliament that blackened Kathy Jackson.

    ‘I was not conscious of what I was doing at the time. Therefore I did not deliberately mislead Parliament by reading a very carefully-crafted speech that fell just short of outright lying.’

  20. Cold-Hands

    When’s Craig going to allege he’s the victim of child abuse (like his mentor Mike)?

  21. Clearly, the evil doppelgänger not only borrowed Thommo’s credit card and licence but also draughted and delivered the disingenuously duplicitous speech in Parliament and even instructed his lawyer to stipulate that Thommo did indeed do the naughty with harlots on the HSU’s cards. Bastard! All the while, poor Thommo was lying on a sofa at home, lost in well-merited feelings of inadequacy. Poor bastard.

  22. When’s Craig going to allege he’s the victim of child abuse (like his mentor Mike)?

    Unfortunately the best he can do is a car accident which killed his sister.

    I once met a man who used to try to chat women up by telling them about how his pregnant fiancee was killed in a car accident.

  23. daggers

    Bolt on radio last night asked how someone in Victoria found guilty of stealing a credit card and running up a few bills could be sentenced to four years and Thomson get a few months. Good point, that.

  24. 2dogs

    Who is likely to be the appeal judge? Is he expecting a to get a left leaning judge (Marcia Neave, say) , and that judge will let him off?

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