Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson has successfully stared down mendacious accusers in the form of former internal union rivals and the left-wing inner-urban press.
They’re still having a go and despite the union critics withdrawing their false stories, it seems Fairfax is having trouble coming to terms with the truth. So much so that the federal MP may be forced back into the courts after the Sydney Morning Herald appeared to breach the terms of a defamation settlement deed.
Early this afternoon, the MP wrote to colleagues that he’d had a gutful of their slurs (which are false and therefore cannot be repeated for legal reasons):
From: Thomson, Craig (MP)
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:39 PM
To: Thomson, Craig (MP)
Subject: Fairfax v Thomson
I am writing to you as you may have seen reports in the Fairfax press regarding my defamation action. The article was totally inaccurate and wrong. The facts are as follows:
1. I took defamation action against the Health Services Union and separate action against Fairfax;
2. The HSU settled on a confidential basis with me some six months ago. Whilst it was a confidential settlement it was one that I was very happy with and as a consequence withdrew my legal action;
3. Over a month ago I reached a confidential agreement with Fairfax. This was reported in the press and the agreement filed in court as a settlement of my matters and again the legal matters where withdrawn. As with the HSU settlement I was very happy with the outcome.
4. An AEC investigation cleared me of the allegations raised by Fairfax regarding electoral spending
5. I have always strenuously denied the allegations made against me and I continue to do so.
It is clear that Fairfax have both defamed me again and breached and misrepresented a confidential deed that settled the matter between me and Fairfax. I have now been referred this matter again to my lawyers.
I thank you for your continued support in this matter and hope this corrects the grossly inaccurate and misleading reporting in the Fairfax media.