List of Australian politicians convicted of crimes

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A list of Australian politicians who have been convicted of crimes.

Federal[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Michael Cobb 1998 National Party rorting travel expenses. MP fined $14,000 and given a two-year suspended jail term [1]
Pauline Hanson 2003 One Nation electoral fraud sentenced to three years jail subsequently acquitted and found to have been jailed wrongly. [2]
Andrew Theophanous 2002 ALP bribery and fraud. 6 years jail [3]
Craig Thomson 2014 ALP/ Independent theft and fraud. 12 months jail with 9 months suspended. [4] [5]

New South Wales[edit]

Michael Williamson 2014 Labor HSU Fraud and recruiting others to hinder a police investigation. 7 and a half yrs Suspected of stealing over 20 million, and caught with documents by the police, with the intent to destroy the evidence Reference
Thomas Ley 1947 Nationalist Party murder death, later commuted to confinement in Broadmoor Asylum suspected of involvement with a number of disappearances, including that of Frederick McDonald, his predecessor as MP [6]
Rex Jackson 1987 Labor Party accepting bribes 10 years former Minister for Corrective Services; increased from 7½ years on appeal [7]
Tony Packard 1993 Liberal Party unlawful use of listening devices convicted, fined $1000 [8][9]
Barry Morris 1996 Liberal Party making death threats 1 year decreased from 2½ years on appeal [10]
Milton Orkopoulos 2008 Labor Party 33 counts, including child sex and drug offences 13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years) appealed March 2009 [11]
Richard Face 2009 Labor Party Making a false statement to the ICAC fined $2500, three-year good behaviour bond [12][13]

Queensland[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Austin 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 15 months [14]
Leisha Harvey 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months 7 months served in home detention [14]
Don Lane 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months [14]
Geoff Muntz 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months [14]
Keith Wright 1993 Labor Party child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader [15]
Bill D'Arcy 2000 Labor Party child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years) [16]
Merri Rose 2005 Labor Party extortion 1½ years [15]
Gordon Nuttall 2009, 2011 Labor Party Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft 15 years (non-parole period 10 years) [17]
Karen Struthers 2007 Labor Party Drink driving $1000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months [18]

Tasmania[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brenton Best 2002 Labor Party Drink driving fine and lose of license [19][20]
Terry Martin 2011 Independent Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence [21]

Victoria[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Carolyn Hirsh 2004 Labor Party Drink driving $600 and driving ban of 6 months [22]
Andrew Olexander 2004 Liberal Party Drink driving [22]
Carolyn Hirsh 2006 Labor Party Drink driving and driving whilst disqualified $600 and driving ban of 1 year [23]
Adem Somyurek 2009 Labor Party Driving whilst disqualified $300 and 1 month suspended gaol sentence [24]

Western Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Burke 1994 Labor Party misappropriating public funds 7 months former state Premier [25]
Ray O'Connor 1995 Liberal Party stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car 18 months former state Premier [26][27]
David Parker 1996 Labor Party perjury 18 months former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months [28]
Wayde Smith 1998 Liberal Party perjury 18 months paroled after six months [29][30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cobb and co in fight over will". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2002-10-13. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Pauline Hanson". BBC. 2004-09-15. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  3. ^ Theophanous becomes first MP jailed while in office
  4. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-25/craig-thomson-fraud-hsu-sentencing/5342428
  5. ^ "Craig Thomson found guilty of defrauding HSU". The Australian. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  6. ^ "MP Thomas John Ley was the minister for murder". The Australian. 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Jackson given extra 2½ years". Sydney Morning Herald. 1988-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Our fallen politicians". The Advertiser. 1998-11-17. 
  9. ^ "Ex-MP goes on air". Sydney Morning Herald. 1993-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Morris jail term cut". The Australian. 1996-11-26. 
  11. ^ "Former NSW MP Milton Orkopolous is appealing child sex and drug offences". Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Prison looms for Face after lie to watchdog". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-12-22. 
  13. ^ "Career switch saves Face from prison". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-12-24. 
  14. ^ a b c d Allen, Elizabeth (2007-05-14). "Players in a vast drama". Courier Mail. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  15. ^ a b http://newmatilda.com/2008/06/18/pollies-behaving-badly
  16. ^ "D'Arcy child sex trial aborted for third time". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  17. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/15/2626845.htm
  18. ^ http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=42976&vf=1
  19. ^ http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2006/03/09/tasmanian-election-braddon-form-guide/
  20. ^ http://www2b.abc.net.au/hobart/issues/newposts/0/topic129.shtm
  21. ^ http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/11/21/278481_scalesofjustice.html
  22. ^ a b "Drink-driving Lib MP fell asleep at wheel". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-03-30. 
  23. ^ "Vic MP guilty of 2nd drink-drive offence". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-08-28. 
  24. ^ Rood, David. "www.theage.com.au - Labor MP Adem Somyurek sentenced for driving offence". The Age (Melbourne). 
  25. ^ "Former WA premier to quit ALP". The Australian. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  26. ^ "Courts embroil MPs in wild West". Sydney: The Sydney Morning Herald. 1999-07-05. p. 2. 
  27. ^ Barker, Anthony (2001). What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788. Australia: Allen & Unwin. p. 360. ISBN 1-86508-426-3. 
  28. ^ "Parker appeal dismissed". The West Australian. 1996-12-21. 
  29. ^ "Ex-MP jailed in perjury case". The West Australian. 1997-11-05. 
  30. ^ "Smith loses realtor license". The West Australian. 1998-08-22.