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[clarification needed] 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]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
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 [citation needed]
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]
Adam Marshall 2014 Nationals Mid range prescribed content of alcohol Driver's licence suspended for nine months, fined $2,000 Returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.112. Court heard plea in mitigation that MPs actions did not amount to willful disobedience. [14] [15]

Queensland[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Austin 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 15 months [16]
Leisha Harvey 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months 7 months served in home detention [16]
Don Lane 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months [16]
Geoff Muntz 1990 National Party misappropriating public funds 12 months [16]
Keith Wright 1993 Labor Party child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader [17]
Bill D'Arcy 2000 Labor Party child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years) [18]
Merri Rose 2005 Labor Party extortion 1½ years [17]
Gordon Nuttall 2009, 2011 Labor Party Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft 15 years (non-parole period 10 years) [19]
Karen Struthers 2007 Labor Party Drink driving $1000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months [20]

Tasmania[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brenton Best 2002 Labor Party Drink driving fine and lose of license [21][22]
Terry Martin 2011 Independent Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence [23]

Victoria[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Carolyn Hirsh 2004 Labor Party Drink driving $600 and driving ban of 6 months [24]
Andrew Olexander 2004 Liberal Party Drink driving [24]
Carolyn Hirsh 2006 Labor Party Drink driving and driving whilst disqualified $600 and driving ban of 1 year [25]
Adem Somyurek 2009 Labor Party Driving whilst disqualified $300 and 1 month suspended gaol sentence [26]

Western Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Burke 1994 Labor Party misappropriating public funds 7 months former state Premier [27]
Ray O'Connor 1995 Liberal Party stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car 18 months former state Premier [28][29]
David Parker 1996 Labor Party perjury 18 months former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months [30]
Wayde Smith 1998 Liberal Party perjury 18 months paroled after six months [31][32]

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. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-nationals-mp-adam-marshall-disqualified-from-driving-after-being-charged-with-midrange-drink-driving/story-fni0cx12-1226989780035?nk=f06f6975e40c9102a346d68a0bf49003
  15. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-mp-adam-marshall-caught-drinkdriving-20140628-zspl0.html#ixzz37aIFQelV
  16. ^ a b c d Allen, Elizabeth (2007-05-14). "Players in a vast drama". Courier Mail. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  17. ^ a b http://newmatilda.com/2008/06/18/pollies-behaving-badly
  18. ^ "D'Arcy child sex trial aborted for third time". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  19. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/15/2626845.htm
  20. ^ http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=42976&vf=1
  21. ^ http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2006/03/09/tasmanian-election-braddon-form-guide/
  22. ^ http://www2b.abc.net.au/hobart/issues/newposts/0/topic129.shtm
  23. ^ http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/11/21/278481_scalesofjustice.html
  24. ^ a b "Drink-driving Lib MP fell asleep at wheel". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-03-30. 
  25. ^ "Vic MP guilty of 2nd drink-drive offence". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-08-28. 
  26. ^ Rood, David. "www.theage.com.au - Labor MP Adem Somyurek sentenced for driving offence". The Age (Melbourne). 
  27. ^ "Former WA premier to quit ALP". The Australian. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  28. ^ "Courts embroil MPs in wild West". Sydney: The Sydney Morning Herald. 1999-07-05. p. 2. 
  29. ^ Barker, Anthony (2001). What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788. Australia: Allen & Unwin. p. 360. ISBN 1-86508-426-3. 
  30. ^ "Parker appeal dismissed". The West Australian. 1996-12-21. 
  31. ^ "Ex-MP jailed in perjury case". The West Australian. 1997-11-05. 
  32. ^ "Smith loses realtor license". The West Australian. 1998-08-22.