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 rorting[clarification needed] travel expenses. fined $14,000, 2-year suspended jail term [1]
Pauline Hanson 2003 Pauline Hanson's
One Nation
electoral fraud 3 years jail subsequently acquitted and found to have been jailed wrongly. [2]
Andrew Theophanous 2002 Labor bribery and fraud 6 years jail [3]
Craig Thomson 2014 Labor/
Independent
theft and fraud 12 months jail with 9 months suspended.[4] [5]
Steve Irons 2015 Liberal unlicensed drink driving 4 month good behavior order [6]

New South Wales[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Thomas Ley 1947 Nationalist 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 [7]
Rex Jackson 1987 Labor accepting bribes 10 years former Minister for Corrective Services; increased from 7½ years on appeal [8]
Tony Packard 1993 Liberal unlawful use of listening devices convicted, fined $1000 [9][10]
Barry Morris 1996 Liberal making death threats 1 year decreased from 2½ years on appeal [11]
Milton Orkopoulos 2008 Labor 33 counts, including child sex and drug offences 13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years) appealed March 2009 [12]
Richard Face 2009 Labor Making a false statement to the ICAC fined $2500, three-year good behaviour bond [13][14]
Adam Marshall 2014 National 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. [15][16]

Queensland[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Austin 1990 National misappropriating public funds 15 months [17]
Leisha Harvey 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months 7 months served in home detention [17]
Don Lane 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months [17]
Geoff Muntz 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months [17]
Keith Wright 1993 Labor child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader [18]
Bill D'Arcy 2000 Labor child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years) [19]
Merri Rose 2005 Labor extortion 1½ years [18]
Gordon Nuttall 2009, 2011 Labor Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft 15 years (non-parole period 10 years) [20]
Karen Struthers 2007 Labor Drink driving $1000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months [21]

Tasmania[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brenton Best 2002 Labor Drink driving fine and lose of license [22][23]
Terry Martin 2011 Independent Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence [24]

South Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Bernard Finnigan 2015 Labor/
Independent
Obtaining access to child pornography Awaiting sentencing. 30 November 2015 [25][26]

Victoria[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Carolyn Hirsh 2004 Labor Drink driving $600 and driving ban of 6 months [27]
Andrew Olexander 2004 Liberal Drink driving [27]
Carolyn Hirsh 2006 Labor Drink driving and driving whilst disqualified $600 and driving ban of 1 year [28]
Adem Somyurek 2009 Labor Driving whilst disqualified $300 and 1-month suspended gaol sentence [29]

Western Australia[edit]

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brian Burke 1994 Labor misappropriating public funds 7 months former state Premier [30]
Ray O'Connor 1995 Liberal stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car 18 months former state Premier [31][32]
David Parker 1996 Labor perjury 18 months former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months [33]
Wayde Smith 1998 Liberal perjury 18 months paroled after six months [34][35]

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. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/western-australia-liberal-mp-stephen-irons-placed-on-good-behaviour-order-after-unlicenced-drink-driving-20151016-gkaqpl.html
  7. ^ "MP Thomas John Ley was the minister for murder". The Australian. 2010-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Jackson given extra 2½ years". Sydney Morning Herald. 1988-06-24. 
  9. ^ "Our fallen politicians". The Advertiser. 1998-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Ex-MP goes on air". Sydney Morning Herald. 1993-07-30. 
  11. ^ "Morris jail term cut". The Australian. 1996-11-26. 
  12. ^ "Former NSW MP Milton Orkopolous is appealing child sex and drug offences". Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Prison looms for Face after lie to watchdog". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-12-22. 
  14. ^ "Career switch saves Face from prison". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-12-24. 
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-mp-adam-marshall-caught-drinkdriving-20140628-zspl0.html#ixzz37aIFQelV
  17. ^ a b c d Allen, Elizabeth (2007-05-14). "Players in a vast drama". Courier Mail. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  18. ^ a b http://newmatilda.com/2008/06/18/pollies-behaving-badly
  19. ^ "D'Arcy child sex trial aborted for third time". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  20. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/15/2626845.htm
  21. ^ http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=42976&vf=1
  22. ^ http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2006/03/09/tasmanian-election-braddon-form-guide/
  23. ^ http://www2b.abc.net.au/hobart/issues/newposts/0/topic129.shtm
  24. ^ http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/11/21/278481_scalesofjustice.html
  25. ^ http://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/bernard-finnigan-guilty-sa-court-hands-down-verdict-on-child-pornography-charge-against-former-sa-labor-mp/story-fnii5yv4-1227602771531
  26. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-10/mp-bernard-finnigan-trial-guilty-child-porn-charges/6926284
  27. ^ a b "Drink-driving Lib MP fell asleep at wheel". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-03-30. 
  28. ^ "Vic MP guilty of 2nd drink-drive offence". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-08-28. 
  29. ^ Rood, David. "www.theage.com.au - Labor MP Adem Somyurek sentenced for driving offence". The Age (Melbourne). 
  30. ^ "Former WA premier to quit ALP". The Australian. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  31. ^ "Courts embroil MPs in wild West". Sydney: The Sydney Morning Herald. 1999-07-05. p. 2. 
  32. ^ Barker, Anthony (2001). What Happened When: A Chronology of Australia from 1788. Australia: Allen & Unwin. p. 360. ISBN 1-86508-426-3. 
  33. ^ "Parker appeal dismissed". The West Australian. 1996-12-21. 
  34. ^ "Ex-MP jailed in perjury case". The West Australian. 1997-11-05. 
  35. ^ "Smith loses realtor license". The West Australian. 1998-08-22.