PM denies link between Thomson arrest and election

PM denies link between Thomson arrest and election

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has denied there is any link between her decision to call an election on Wednesday, and the arrest of former Labor MP Craig Thomson, 24 hours later.

Mr Thomson has been arrested on 150 counts of fraud relating to his time as President of the Health Services Union.

The Opposition is accusing Ms Gillard of having knowledge of his pending arrest, hence the timing of her calling an election almost 8 months ahead. 

Shadow Attorney General George Brandis has told the ABC’s Lateline program, the Prime Minister must explain whether there is a cause and effect link between the two events.

Mr Thomson is due to face court in Melbourne next week, but a Fair Work Australia directions hearing was also scheduled for today.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether FWA’s case will be deferred, while the more serious criminal charges are dealt with.

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