Believe him or not, #Thomson rises to occasion


It’s not often you can sit in Parliament for an hour, listening, and be totally captivated.
But so it was from noon to one o’clock this afternoon as the member for Dobell, Craig Thomson, delivered his feisty defence from the crossbench, the purgatory to which he has been relegated by the Gillard government ever since it realised his continued presence in government would cause it too much hurt, but his absence from Parliament altogether would cause even more.
Whether or not you believed him, it was a brilliant performance.
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Thomson reeled in his audience quickly at the start by quoting from the threatening emails and phone calls he had received – charming anonymous types urging him to slash his wrists and the like.
He had our attention. He used it to tell us that he denied all allegations against him. He took us through his work history – even talking about himself in the third person as ‘‘the young industrial officer’’ who, bright-eyed and eager, began work at a union.

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About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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