Thomson is the bloke who was accused of paying for the services of prostitutes on his union credit card, not for himself but his mates, including a payment of $2475 to an escort agency in 2005. That amount was billed back to the Health Services Union, effectively funded through the union dues of low-paid hospital orderlies. Thomson initially took legal action against Fairfax for publishing the story. He subsequently abandoned the case, and admitted on radio that he had authorised the payment, albeit with the caveat that he wasn't aware that it was being made to an escort agency.Credible figures in the ALP have privately and publicly rebuked Thomson for his conduct, including minister Tanya Plibersek.
The fragile nature of the Gillard majority explains why Labor funds were used for Thomson's legal services .
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