The story of the month is Craig Thomson’s arrest on 150 charges of fraud. I thought I’d have a look in Trove, so I did a quick search for “member of parliament fraud” and found a bunch! The first few I found shown below.
MPs charged with fraud – not at all news.
People have been talking about Thomson’s arrest and likely subsequent trial as if it’s unprecedented. As you’ll see below, it’s happened numerous times, and democracy hasn’t failed as a result. I recommend cool heads and remembering the presumption of innocence.
I haven’t got time right now to fix the OCR for all of these, but if you’re feeling nice pop over to Trove and fix them up.
NSW – 1903
Geo Howarth, MP for Willoughby in the State Legislature.
1903 ‘MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.’, Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 – 1950), 15 April, p. 5, viewed…
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