Sharon of Christmas Island watched for 6 years as the "victims" arrived.
We have some slight technical issues - like my phone is buggered - so I'm just going to the phone shop to get a new one! Hope I won't be too long. Bazza, it was nice to have that brief one way conversation, hope we can continue soon.
Katarina and I had a couple of sherbs and a lovely dinner on King Street Newtown last night watching the passing parade.
Thank you to everyone for your lovely kind wishes and to Stu of NT and Jane Smith who made me laugh out loud!!
Reader Bill was there while the records kept tumbling as Lesley (not Tubby) Taylor SC brought us the action from the central magistrates's court commentary position this morning.
I won’t go into much detail regarding today’s Thomson hearing – there appeared to be about 15 journos there, all scribbling frantically, so I’m sure there are going to be some in-depth reports coming soon. Lesley Taylor was back but still not too well & her end of the bar table still had only two people vs four at Craig’s end, not to mention the Magistrate, so the odds may have been stacked against her. Lesley made some introductory remarks & then indicated that the prosecution was still assembling the paperwork necessary to proceed with their appeal against yesterday’s ruling, so she again requested an adjournment until tomorrow. She said her colleague, Ms Mandie, had been up all night, preparing the relevant documentation but Mag R countered to the effect that he had given her the afternoon off yesterday to deal with it, so he wanted a good reason not to proceed today. Lesley said words to the effect of: ‘In forcing us to proceed today, only some of the accused’s criminality will be addressed.’ Mag R thought it was a cavalier approach & that ‘we should get on with it’. He insisted that Lesley commence her opening submission.
A court has heard former federal Labor MP and union official Craig Thomson used an alias to book escort services that were paid for with Health Services Union funds.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Craig Thomson used the name "Jeff Thomson" to book a one-hour session with an escort named Tracey while staying at a Sydney hotel in 2003.
The former member for the seat of Dobell has pleaded not guilty to 145 dishonesty charges over the misappropriation of almost $30,000 in union funds.
The charges cover 66 incidents, including the use of the credit cards by Thomson or his wife for escort agencies, in-house movies and cigarettes, the use of the credit card after Thomson resigned from the union, and the use of the credit card for flights for Thomson's wife.
The court was told that on one night alone, Thomson spent $2,475 of union money on escort services while staying at a Sydney hotel for a union executive meeting in 2005.
He directed union administrators to record the cost as a "national office meeting expense", the court was told.
Prosecutor Lesley Taylor said Thomson's illegal use of the credit cards did not "advance the best interests of the union's members" or carry out the HSU's objectives.
"It is the deception of the HSU that gives rise to the charges," she said.
Thomson met with escorts in 'Red Turbo Spa Room'
Ms Taylor said Thomson used escort agencies such as Boardroom Escorts and Tiffany's Girls and would book women to come to his room.
On one occasion, Thomson spent $488 booking the Red Turbo Spa Room from Tiffany's Girls for 90 minutes, the court was told.
On a two night hotel stay in 2005, he allegedly paid $770 for an escort booked from Boardroom Escorts.