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Police say Australian lawmaker won't be charged

Police say Australian lawmaker won't be charged

A political scandal that threatened to bring down the Australian government has been defused with police announcing they will not charge a lawmaker accused of misusing an official credit card to pay prostitutes.
A conviction for theft or fraud against lawmaker Craig Thomson would have forced him to quit Parliament and cost Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government its single-seat majority.
But the New South Wales Police Force said in a statement on Thursday there was no basis for a criminal investigation.
The allegations date back to when Thomson was a union boss. He allegedly used his union credit card to pay a Sydney brothel thousands of dollars of union money in two transactions in 2005 and 2007. Thomson has denied any wrongdoing.


Updated : 2021-06-15 06:26 GMT+08:00