Craig Thomson ( Politician ) : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Age

Craig Robert Thomson is an Australian former trade union official and a former politician know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Age

Craig Thomson ( Politician ) : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children, Education and Age
Craig Thomson au Politician
  Bio
Name Craig Thomson
Birthdate  31 July 1964
Age (as of 2021) 57 years
Place of Birth Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality Australian
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Zoe Arnold (m. 2011), Christa Thomson
Children Yes
Parents Name not Known
Education  UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney
Profession Former Member of the Australian Parliament
Net Worth $4 Million
Last Update Nonember 2021

Craig Robert Thomson is an Australian former trade union official and a former politician implicated in the Health Services Union expenses affair. 

Craig Thomson and  wife Zoe Arnold

Thomson was the national secretary of the Health Services Union from 2002 until the 2007 federal election when he was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Dobell, New South Wales, for the Australian Labor Party.

Early Life and Family

Thomson was born in Wellington, New Zealand,and raised in Bathurst, New South Wales. He was educated at the University of New South Wales, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He later completed a law degree at the University of Technology Sydney.

Craig Thomson Wife

Thomson has been married three times, first when employed as an industrial officer at HREA to Lyn Bos-Sharma,then to Christa, and then, on 21 January 2011, to Zoe Arnold, a radio newsreader and media advisor.The couple have two daughters, Matilda, born in July 2009,and, Adelaide, born in September 2011.

Craig Thomson Net Worth

Craig Robert Thomson is an Australian former trade union official and a former politicianhas an estimated Net Worth around $ 4 Million in 2021.

Professional Career

Thomson started his career representing hospital and ambulance workers in New South Wales as an industrial officer for the Health and Research Employee Association (HREA). He became head of the HREA Industrial Department. He was subsequently elected to the position of Assistant Secretary.In 2002, Thomson was elected as the national secretary of the Health Services Union (HSU), a trade union with which the HREA had merged.During his term at the union it was rebranded as a united federal union and the state branches adopted similar names and logos.

In November 2007, Thomson stood as the Labor candidate for the seat of Dobell on the Central Coast. He was elected, winning the seat from the incumbent, Ken Ticehurst of the Liberal Party.Until August 2011, Thomson was the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics as well as a member of the Privileges Committee and the Petitions Committee. As chair of the economics committee Thomson oversaw inquiries into bank competition and a second report into productivity in Australia.

In December 2011, The Sydney Morning Herald alleged that Thomson had plagiarised internet sources, including Wikipedia, when tabling a report to parliament after an overseas trip. The report in question was unsigned and undated in its cover letter.On 4 April 2014 the New South Wales branch of the Labor Party expelled Thomson as a member of the party.

On 11 October 2016, Thomson applied to the Law Society of New South Wales for a practising certificate. The Law Society refused to grant a practising certificate on the basis of his criminal convictions and informed the Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of NSW of that refusal. That led to an application by the Prothonotary to the Supreme Court for declarations that Thomson was not a fit and proper person to remain on the NSW roll of lawyers, and that his name should be removed from the roll.The declarations sought were made by the Court on 17 October 2018.

Controversy

Succeeding Thomson as general secretary of the HSU in January 2008, Kathy Jackson identified financial irregularities in the union's accounts and engaged external auditors to investigate. Reporting in May, the audit raised "concerns about evidence of misuse of union funds by Mr Thomson."In December, the union engaged tax specialists BDO Kendall to "conduct an investigation" over the alleged improper use of Thomson's union-issued corporate credit card. The Sydney Morning Herald revealed the allegations in April 2009; Thomson denied all wrongdoing and stated that an independent audit had not identified any inappropriate use of the card, noted that other people would have been able to incur charges on the account, and said the accusations had been fabricated by rivals within the HSU.

On 24 October 2012 members of the NSW Police conducted a search of Thomson's residence and electorate office on the Central Coast. Eight officers loaded vehicles with computers and five large boxes of evidence. Thomson said the search was "routine" and "They took a couple of documents, I volunteered a couple of documents."Thomson was arrested at his Central Coast electorate office on 31 January 2013.

On 18 February 2014, Thomson was found guilty of defrauding the HSU.Thomson returned to court for a plea hearing on his sentence on 18 March. He also faced civil proceedings to repay $28,000 stolen from the HSU; and the Fair Work Commissioner considered commencing civil proceedings on matters where the magistrate dismissed the criminal charges.