"FEDERAL independent MP Craig Thomson has denied spending union money on prostitutes and improperly using his position when national secretary of the Health Services Union.
In a 28-page defence lodged today in the Federal Court, Mr Thomson responded to civil claims brought by Fair Work Australia after its three-year investigation into the HSU national office.
FWA says the former Labor MP, who now sits on the crossbenches, failed to exercise his duties as national secretary in “good faith” and for “proper purpose”.
It has alleged 37 breaches of industrial laws and 25 breaches of HSU rules by Mr Thomson, who has in turn argued FWA's claim for imposition of civil penalties should be dismissed because the case was initiated outside legal time limits.
FWA alleges Mr Thomson used his union credit card for private expenditure on prostitutes, airfares for his then wife Christa and other friends and family, high living and his 2007 campaign to be elected the Labor MP for the NSW Central Coast seat of Dobell."
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