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Dobell MP Craig Thomson has been spending time in a courthouse in addition to Parliament House in recent times. Dobell MP Craig Thomson has been spending time in a courthouse in addition to Parliament House in recent times. AAP/Lukas Coch

The NSW Central Coast: beautiful one day, Dobell the next

The seats of Dobell and Robertson encompass most of the Central Coast between Sydney and Newcastle and therefore preside over a glistening necklace of beaches and waterways that are among the most beautiful…
Peter Slipper paid homage to tradition, but did not fulfil his moral responsibility to his electorate. Peter Slipper paid homage to tradition, but did not fulfil his moral responsibility to his electorate.

Modern politics is too clever by half … and we’re worse off for it

In 19th century Australia, democrats such as Henry Parkes could not emphasise too much how important it was to elect a Parliamentary representative who was honourable, decent and able to work on behalf…
We’ve had a glimpse into the world of Craig Thomson, but he’s trying to justify a view that no one outside the political game can understand. We’ve had a glimpse into the world of Craig Thomson, but he’s trying to justify a view that no one outside the political game can understand. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

All in the game: shining a light into the weird world of Craig Thomson

The ALP and the union movement have never liked scabs. But yesterday we witnessed a labour scab of a different sort as The Wound Formally Known As Craig Thomson continued to be bleed rather than heal…
Thomson became emotional as he described the toll media scrutiny had taken on his family. Thomson became emotional as he described the toll media scrutiny had taken on his family. AAP/Alan Porritt

Craig Thomson shoots from the hip in speech to parliament

Craig Thomson’s address to parliament today promised to either clear the air or dig a deeper hole for the embattled MP. It would be an understatement to say that the Craig Thomson affair has been an unwelcome…
The Craig Thomson drama shows it’s time for unions and politicians to separate. The Craig Thomson drama shows it’s time for unions and politicians to separate. AAP/Miles Godfrey

Craig Thomson saga shows unions must cut ties with Labor … for their own sake

The sordid details of Craig Thomson and the Health Services Union affair at one level reflect individual failings on the part of Thomson, HSU East Secretary Michael Williams and National Secretary Kathy…
Julia Gillard faces the media after Craig Thomson’s suspension from the government benches. Julia Gillard faces the media after Craig Thomson’s suspension from the government benches. AAP/Lukas Coch

Going, going … have Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson finished the Gillard government?

Since forming government in 2010, the Gillard government has faced an uphill battle to assert its authority on the policy agenda. Initially, this was partly due to the fact that it relied on the Greens…
Former Health Services Union head Craig Thomson represents a vital vote for the Gillard government. Former Health Services Union head Craig Thomson represents a vital vote for the Gillard government. AAP Image/Penny Bradfield

Health Services Union: why union members deserve better

The ACTU yesterday voted to suspend the Health Servives Union from affiliation until they can prove that issues of governance have been dealt with appropriately. Although it does seem to have been a slow…
Doctors have far more important things to do than act as clerical cogs in a pseudo-system pretending to account for the absence of people from their work. Doctors have far more important things to do than act as clerical cogs in a pseudo-system pretending to account for the absence of people from their work. Truthout.org

Craig Thomson saga shows doctors' certificates are a sick joke

Labor MP Craig Thomson is the latest Australian worker to be stung by the outdated culture of medical certificates. Thomson fell ill last week with abdominal pain and was issued a medical certificate that…

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