Date: May 30 2012
THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has called for an end to the parliamentary pursuit of Craig Thomson as the opposition produced an email suggesting alleged offences against the former Labor MP could have been referred to police three years ago.
The Senate estimates committee, which questioned Fair Work Australia officials on Monday, called those officials back last night to ask them about the email.
Addressing caucus yesterday, and later Parliament, Ms Gillard said the campaign against Mr Thomson had descended in to one of ''vicious and personal attack''. Ms Gillard said everything that had been said for and against Mr Thomson in Parliament had been canvassed.
''This Parliament should move on, the opposition should move on and deal with questions of importance to the nation,'' she said. Ms Gillard said she was unaware of the email which the opposition's workplace relations spokesman, Eric Abetz, claimed was the ''smoking gun''.
It was sent in June 2009 from Doug Williams, the Australian Industrial Registrar, to Terry Nassios, an officer at Fair Work Australia. The registrar, which began the investigation in April 2009, was being abolished and replaced by Fair Work Australia, and Mr Nassios was taking over the investigation.
The email sets out the ''state of play'' of the inquiry into the Health Services Union and suggests possible actions that could be conducted in parallel to the inquiry. ''There should be a clear plan and actions arising from the outcomes of the inquiry to date … including, inter alia, any actions and referrals to other authorities (eg, to the police because of identified malfeasance),'' it says.
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