Republic of Moreland

March 10, 2007

Fair enough or “ludicrous overreaction”?

Filed under: Brunswick,Coburg,crime,Pascoe Vale,politics — Kath @ 9:40 am

In a move described by the Law Institute of Victoria as a “ludicrous overreaction”, our local member, Shadow Attorney-General Kelvin Thomson, has been forced to quit the front bench because he unknowigly wrote a reference for notorious gangster Tony Mokbel seven years ago.

The Age this morning reported that Kevin Rudd was tipped off by an anonymous source and that, given that Smearfest 2007 is in full force, Thomson had to resign. Apparently Thompson didn’t know Mokbel, didn’t remember the reference, and the reference was “a pro-forma”.

The LIV president Geoff Provis said there was no evidence that Mr Thomson had done anything wrong, and that the use of “past associations” to damn politicians was approaching “McCarthyist America”.

I’m fence-sitting on this. I kinda agree with Provis, but still, politicians shouldn’t be writing references for folk they don’t know or haven’t checked out.



  1. Kelvin Thomson has proven himself not only unworthy of being an shadow minister but as representative for Wills.

    His incompetence has been demonstrated and he has bought shmae onto his party and most importantly the people he seeks to represent.

    If he had the ethics he claimed he would resign immediately from Parliament and allow the people of Wills the chance to elect a judicious representative.

    The ALP has a rare chance to set an example, a rare opportunity to demonstrate it has changed. Local ALP members must remove Thomson if he refuse to resign.

    Comment by peter robertson — March 10, 2007 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  2. He “bought shmae”? Where can I buy some of this “shmae”? Is it available in a six-pack?

    As for Kelvs, one can only think that’s how they play it the Big Leagues. But you can be guaranteed every spotty Young Labor hack is now trawling through every reference ever written by Howard, Downer, Ruddock and the rest of the Gang of Poosers. Happy hunting!

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — March 10, 2007 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  3. I think that it is ludicrous that any member of parliament should be writing references for some one that they don’t know, and he was rightly told to fall on his sword. If the ALP wants the Australian Public to trust them with government then we have to be convinced that they are up to the job sorry but this kind of thing does nothing to inspire any confidence that a change of government would be efficacious.

    Comment by Iain — March 11, 2007 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  4. Oh, come on. Yes, it’s a silly practice for MPs to be writing references for people they don’t know. But it’s just part of the standard practice of a local MP, be they labor, liberal, greens, independent, etc. The most likely scenario in this case is that a staffer handled the request and that Thomson just signed it among the piles of pro forma letters he has to sign each day. And there were assurances from a solicitor (see today’s Age) that Mokebel was of sound character. It’s not as if the reference had any sway, politically, either, if you read the article. As far as scandals go, it’s a pretty lame one.

    Comment by Girl on The Avenue — March 11, 2007 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  5. No, no, he should hang his head in shmae…

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — March 11, 2007 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  6. G O T A I don’t doubt that your scenario but I think that it is not an adequate excuse. Especially for some one who aspired to the top legal post in the country. I don’t know anything about Thompson he may well be a fine bloke but at this point of the election cycle it is not so good for Rudd to have this sort of scandal…

    Comment by Iain — March 11, 2007 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  7. Thomson is a classic ALP careerist. He has done nough tbut politics climbing the greasy pole form Coburg Councillor, park named after himself, state pollie then federal – he worked the wheels and greased the hands of those in the ethnic stacks who dominate the ALP in Wills. Who knows why Mokbel got a reference but Thomson’s hide in sticking it out reveals his utter fear in actually doing a hard days work.

    Comment by peter robertson — March 12, 2007 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  8. Thomson might have paid a price, but no-one cares about this Burke business. Check this out:

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — March 12, 2007 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  9. What price?? He is still in Parliament and will still stand as the ALP endorsed candidate for Wills. It’s a disgrace.

    Comment by timbo the bimbo — March 12, 2007 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  10. Oh please stop boring me. There are greater hanging offences then this. AWB, Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Reith and the balaclava clad thugs, Reith and his phone card etc, etc

    Some of the chest beating I expected especially from Peter Robertson of the Greens, but I have known Kelvin as a politician and he is very professional and very careful. Every politician writes letters of support for constituents and they generally rely of staff to weed out the ludicrous ones. I know – I draft up these letters most days of the week.

    I suggest you read page 4 of the age today – they have found that the only reference to Mokbel in the press before the end of 2000 (after the letter) was a positive reference to him as a property developer.

    Sheesh, I didn’t know that Coburg was also named Salem. End the witch hunt people.

    Comment by Chris Anderson — March 12, 2007 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  11. True: as Girl on the Avenue said, this is a lame “scandal”. I feel sorry for Kelvin Thomson. He did nothing wrong, and he wasn’t to know. It’s a damn shame Rudd was put in a position where he had to withdraw Thomson from the front bench.

    NO-ONE knew Mokbel’s past at the time Thomson signed that letter -this is just ludicrous. Think of how many criminals the libs are in bed with.

    Comment by Chloe — March 12, 2007 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  12. listen Chris Thomson is a dead man walking forever politically impotent the peole of Wills would be better off without him

    Comment by timbo the bimbo — March 12, 2007 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  13. ps look forward to seeing who Carlo carli has endorsed then …

    Comment by toerag — March 12, 2007 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  14. Test

    Comment by Girl — March 12, 2007 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  15. it’s funny because I recieevd his monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly/whatever-it-is newsletter in the postbox on monday, and he’s resigned bu wednesday… Not sure what the significance is, but I am always impressed by the fact that he only has one facial expression, and he pulls it in every photograph.

    There is meaning in that somewhere…

    Comment by Marty — March 13, 2007 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  16. Ah, the fewer of these colourless technocrats, the better. Doesn’t matter what party they have allegiance to.


    Comment by Bane of Malakas — March 13, 2007 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  17. The reason someone let the refernce out was to destroy Thomson – it came from an ex worker in his office who did not appreciate Thomson not following the right wing way.

    Comment by toerag — March 14, 2007 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  18. That sucks. It pays not to piss staff off, eh?

    Comment by Miss Nomer — March 14, 2007 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  19. By the way, Miss Nomer is me: Girl on The Avenue. This site is rejecting Girl on The Avenue’s comments. I have to log out and post under another name… have contacted WordPress about it…

    Comment by Miss Nomer — March 14, 2007 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  20. Yeah, sure it is, Miss Nomer. I reckon you’re really Tony Mokbel, keen for an updated reference because you’re going for a temping job at a call centre in Beirut.

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — March 14, 2007 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  21. It seems Kelvin is a ‘dead man walking’:

    Comment by peter robertson — March 20, 2007 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  22. Mate, citing Waldo Kitty Andrew Landeryou won’t earn you any cred.

    Comment by Neighbourhood Pervert — March 20, 2007 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  23. whos after cred – I just want dopey Thomson out of parliament so I am represented by someone with ethe respect of his peers

    Comment by peter robertson — March 21, 2007 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  24. It all gets a bit murkier:,20867,21622707-2702,00.html

    Comment by peter robertson — April 27, 2007 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

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