I think it's a terrible indictment on our society that a Prime Minister can shut down media enquiry into a story that she didn't want told.
Over the next few days I'll show you new evidence that will tell the story of how she did it. My reporting on The AWU Scandal had its start in the reporting I did on The HSU Craig Thomson matter. The two union fraud stories were interwoven for me.
In Part One of The Craig Thomson Enquiry we spoke about the lead-up to this interview with Craig Thomson MP, the member for Dobell. As you'll see later, I was using the same up-front techniques to flush out Gillard as I did with Thomson.
If you believe someone has done something wrong and you can prove it - then say it. Boldly. Demand they answer questions. Hold them to account. Give them every opportunity to clear things up. And if you're right, and if it matters, then never, never give up.
Question one - how did all the details get on the credit card voucher?
I had this copy of the voucher in my hand
So it wasn't Craig. He knew it was wrong, but it wasn't him.
Question Two - as boss of the union, did you take any action when you formed the view that it was someone else?
Craig reveals quite a bit in this question. He says that after his enquiries, another man was identified as having used union money to pay for escort services. Craig says that the other man was forced to pay the money back to the union. In this answer, Thomson discloses his understanding that it is wrong to use union money to pay for escort agency services.
Question Three - did you query the entry on your statement for $2,475? Did you act responsibly with your members' money?
Here's the statement for that month.
Question four - let's get your defamation defence out of the road Craig.
And while you were saying that to me about how you settled the matter, you knew but told no one that the Labor Party had paid your legal fees and Fairfax's costs when you withdrew your law suit.
ALP paid $350,000 for Thomson legal costs
It concludes: "While significant legal expenses were incurred and covered by Craig Thomson, the cost of legal expenses to NSW Labor to provide ongoing financial assistance to cover Mr Thomson's legal expenses, including NSW Labor's own bills in relation to these matters, totalled $348,366.87 ($240,000 of which was a defamation settlement with Fairfax).''