Craig Thomson to face new legal battle
THE Fair Work Commission has "re-enlivened" civil charges against former MP and Health Services Union official Craig Thomson, after some charges were excluded during a criminal court case.
Mr Thomson last year was found guilty of theft against the union and was fined $25,000 but escaped a jail term. In a separate civil case against Mr Thomson, the commission has applied to the Federal Court to change its statement of claim against the former Labor politician.
Commission general manager Bernadette O'Neill said in a statement the court papers sought to "re-enliven" elements of the commission's civil case against Mr Thomson.
The key issues at stake were Mr Thomson's alleged inappropriate use of union credit cards for escort services and personal spending while on annual leave.
Ms O'Neill said she believed she had "good prospects of success" as the criminal trial found the "framing of the charges" did not support a conviction, but did not find he did not engage in the conduct.