Only a fool gives overwhelmingly glowing references to someone they don’t know. The fool who gave such a reference to the notorious gangster Tony Mokbel, MP Kelvin Thomson, was until yesterday, the shadow Attorney General. If the existence of this reference had not been uncovered, Thomson would have been Attorney General in a Rudd Labor Government and the most important legal figure in the country.
Mokbel is a fugitive charged with murder and cocaine smuggling. He already had 19 convictions for serious convictions when Thomson gave him the reference in support of his application for a liquor license - he urged the Liquor Licensing Commission to take into account Mokbel's ‘commitment to family and his successful establishment as a local businessman’ when it considered his application..
The Labor Party in Australia lacks judgment as the Rudd-Burke-Thomson-Mokbel events make clear. Moreover, as the stench from the sleaze in the State branches makes clear, also lacks integrity as articulated here, here, here and, from John Quiggin, here.
I searched a dozen leftwing blogs at 2-30 pm today. Not one had made a comment on these events. On the right a few did. Tim Blair suggests that this articulate young Melbourne idealist might be Thomson’s perfect replacement. Go for him Kev.