A union official accused by federal MP Craig Thomson of implicating him in the use of prostitutes at the union’s expense has denied the allegations.
Health Services Union East deputy general secretary Marco Bolano said the claims had no basis and accused Mr Thomson of abusing parliamentary privilege in making them.
“I unambiguously reject the allegations,” Mr Bolano said today.
“There were no threats to set him up and no mention of hookers.”
During his speech to parliament today Mr Thomson said he had many enemies in the HSU who did not like it when he tried to make the union’s finances more transparent and accountable.
He said a particular threat had come from Mr Bolano, who had told him he would seek to ruin his prospects of a political career by setting him up with “hookers”.
Mr Bolano said the only confrontation he had had concerning Mr Thomson occurred in 2005 and did not directly involve the MP.
He said a heated conversation had occurred between “a half-brother or step-brother” of Mr Thomson over a union matter.
“Mr Thomson had dudded us ... he had been dishonest and had misled us.”
The conversation was over a demarcation dispute.
Mr Bolano said the conversation had occurred in 2005, and the bulk of the allegations that Mr Thomson had misused union funds related to the period between 2002 and 2004.
He repeated his earlier claims that Mr Thomson had failed to offer his name to police investigating the alleged misuse of union members’ money.
He said a substantial body of evidence existed against Mr Thomson, who should be brought to account in the public domain.
Mr Thomson’s claims were fantastic and dishonest, Mr Bolano said.“It disturbs me to watch Mr Thomson drowning in a river of delusion.”
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