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Thomson confident Fair Work Australia report clears him

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Phillip Coorey

"The best thing they can do is give their report to the police" ... Craig Thomson.

"The best thing they can do is give their report to the police" ... Craig Thomson. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

THE Labor MP Craig Thomson might not have spoken to NSW Police but he insists Fair Work Australia hand its report to the law so a credible and thorough investigation of the allegations against him can be conducted.

Fair Work Australia has investigated Mr Thomson's alleged misuse of a credit card when he was the national secretary of the Health Services Union between 2002 and 2007.

Fair Work Australia gave its report to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration and will release the report next month. It is refusing to give the report to the police in the interim.

Mr Thomson told the Herald yesterday that the Fair Work Australia investigation, which took three years, had credibility problems, given the criticisms of how long it took and allegations of political interference.

He believes the Fair Work findings will show he has broken no law and wants this established by a credible authority, the police.

''There are issues that have been raised about Fair Work Australia,'' he said.

''Whether they are right or wrong, the best thing they can do is give their report to the police. Let the police do their job; they can investigate, they can charge and people can have some confidence in the result.''

It was reported at the weekend that Mr Thomson, acting on legal advice, has declined to talk to Strike Force Carnarvon, which is investigating allegations of extensive corruption in the HSU.

Mr Thomson may soon co-operate with the investigation but says it concerns events at the HSU's East branch when he was not there.

Last night, the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, said suspending Mr Thomson from the ALP while an investigation was underway was ''an option''.

''It's an option in theory and maybe as things develop,'' she said on ABC television.

''But we haven't had actually any content. There's been all these swirling allegation[s] … No-one actually is aware of what is being alleged in detail.''

The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, said Mr Thomson's refusal to co-operate was ''utterly unconscionable'' and Julia Gillard should force her MP to help the police.

with AAP

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