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Wikipedia's list of Australian politicians convicted of crimes

This list could do with the once-over by a few of our expert eyes. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_politicians_convicted_of_crimes

There appears to be a lot more crime of late. 

Federal[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
John Curtin 1914 Labor Failing to comply with a compulsory medical examination for conscription 3 days jail Later became Prime Minister of Australia; first Prime Minister to be convicted of an offence [1]
Derryn Hinch 1987, 2011, 2014 Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Contempt of court, breaching suppression orders 12 days in prison, 5 months home detention, 50 days in prison Hinch was a radio announcer at the times of his crimes, and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2016 [2][3]
Michael Cobb 1998 National Rorting travel expenses Fined $14,000, 2-year suspended jail term   [4]
Andrew Theophanous 2002 Labor Bribery and fraud 6 years jail   [5]
Pauline Hanson 2003 Pauline Hanson's
One Nation
Electoral fraud 3 years jail Subsequently, acquitted and found to have been jailed wrongly [6]
Craig Thomson 2014 Labor/
Independent
Theft and fraud 12 months jail with 9 months suspended.[7]   [8]
Steve Irons 2015 Liberal Unlicensed drink driving 4-month good behaviour order   [9]

New South Wales[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Thomas Ley 1947 Nationalist Murder Death, later commuted to confinement in Broadmoor Asylum Involvement with a number of disappearances, including that of Frederick McDonald, his predecessor as MP [10]
Rex Jackson 1987 Labor Accepting bribes 10 years Former Minister for Corrective Services. Increased from 7½ years on appeal [11]
Tony Packard 1993 Liberal Unlawful use of listening devices Fined $1000 Offences were committed while operating a used-car business, prior to entering parliament [12]
Barry Morris 1996 Liberal Making death threats 1 year Decreased from 2½ years on appeal [13]
Milton Orkopoulos 2008 Labor 33 counts, including child sex and drug offences 13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years) Decreased from 13 years and 11 months on appeal [14]
Richard Face 2009 Labor Making a false statement to the ICAC Fined $2500, three-year good-behaviour bond Lied about misusing parliamentary and electoral office staff to help set up a consultancy. [15][16]
Adam Marshall 2014 National Mid-range prescribed content of alcohol Driver's licence suspended for nine months, fined $2,000 Returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.112. [17][18]
Eddie Obeid 2016 Labor Misconduct in public office 5 years (non-parole period of 3 years) Failing to declare his precuniary interest while a member of parliament and subsequent attempts to influence bureaucrats and Labor colleagues so as to benefit his family [19][20][21][22][23]
Ian Macdonald 2017 Labor Misuse of public office 10 years (non-parole period of 7 years) Corruptly issuing of lucrative mining licences at Doyles Creek in the Hunter Valley [24][25][26][27]

Queensland[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
William Hamilton 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [28]
Brian Austin 1990 National misappropriating public funds 15 months   [29]
Leisha Harvey 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months 7 months served in home detention [29]
Don Lane 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months   [29]
Geoff Muntz 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months   [29]
Keith Wright 1993 Labor child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader [30]
Bill D'Arcy 2000 Labor child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years)   [31]
Merri Rose 2005 Labor extortion 1½ years   [30]
Karen Struthers 2007 Labor Drink driving $1000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months   [32]
Gordon Nuttall 2009, 2011 Labor Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft 15 years (non-parole period 10 years)   [33]

Tasmania[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brenton Best 2002 Labor Drink driving fine and loss of licence   [34][35]
Terry Martin 2011 Independent Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence   [36]

South Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Bernard Finnigan 2015 Labor/
Independent
Obtaining access to child pornography A 15-month suspended sentence with a three-year $1,000 good behaviour bond Also added to the sex offender register [37][38][39]

Victoria[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Carolyn Hirsh 2004 Labor Drink driving $600 and driving ban of 6 months   [40]
Andrew Olexander 2004 Liberal Drink driving     [40]
Carolyn Hirsh 2006 Labor Drink driving and driving whilst disqualified $600 and driving ban of 1 year   [41]
Adem Somyurek 2009 Labor Driving whilst disqualified $300 and 1-month suspended gaol sentence   [42]

Western Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Ref
Julian Stuart 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [43]
George Taylor 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [44]
Frederick Baglin 1923 Labor stealing as a servant 3 years sitting state MP [45]
Brian Burke 1994 Labor misappropriating public funds 7 months former state Premier [46]
Ray O'Connor 1995 Liberal stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car 18 months former state Premier [47][48]
David Parker 1996 Labor perjury 18 months former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months [49]
Wayde Smith 1998 Liberal perjury 18 months paroled after six months [50][51]
Graham Burkett 2006 Labor receiving bribes 14 months former mayor of Stirling and state MP [52]

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