I formally interviewed Craig Thomson MP on 1 August last year. In that Record of Interview he made admissions about personally authorising the use of Health Services Union money to pay for bills issued by brothels.
I immediately wrote to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She quickly wrote back and said that Craig was doing a great job and had her full support. Many of the HSU members who subsidised Craig's profligacy may have a different view. Just imagine how handy $600 in union dues would be at Christmas time when you earn next to nothing.
After that quite a few union people got in touch with me and tipped me off to Ms Gillard's role in the AWU scandal. But that was OK, it wasn't a scandal, it was just a slush fund and who hasn't had unlimited access to one of those.