If there were a ‘Parliament’s Biggest Nong’ award, it would be hotly contested. Nobody would disagree that Kelvin Thomson would be a strong contender.
He was formerly the Shadow Attorney General. He was quickly bumped from the spot when it was revealed that he had written the following reference:
“To whom it may concern,
“I have been asked to provide a reference on behalf of Mr Tony Mokbel of … Pascoe Vale South, who will be submitting his application for a liquor licence to the Liquor Licensing Commission.
“I understand that Mr Mokbel has been married for the past eight years and has two children.
“I further understand that over the past eight years he has been a responsible, caring husband and father.
“Mr Mokbel has in partnership purchased a number of business properties in the Brunswick area. As a result of his business and property ventures, Mr Mokbel is making a significant contribution to the community and employing a substantial number of people.
“I urge you to take into account Mr Mokbel’s last year of unblemished conduct, his commitment to family and his successful establishment as a local businessman in making your decision concerning his application.
“Yours sincerely, Kelvin Thomson, MP, Member for Wills” [Source]
Sure, Thomson argued that he had no idea that Mokbel was an underworld villain. One might wonder why Thomson was sending out letters of reference for people he didn’t actually know.
Since being banished to the backbench, Thomson has felt free to engage in tinfoil hat antics.
Here he is on foreign ownership:
We are now seeing very clearly the shortcomings of globalisation. Our problems have gone global – global warming, global terrorism, global poverty, global diseases, global financial crisis. Australia will be less vulnerable to these problems if we retain as much selfsufficiency and self-reliance as we can. Moreover we have an obligation to our children and to future generations to leave them the same opportunities as we have enjoyed. If we sell off fundamental assets like land, food, water and energy we compromise their chances. It is short-sighted and diminishes our control over our own destiny. [Source]
And here he is on the problem of high density living:
I believe the children who grow up in concrete jungle suburbs are subject to more bullying and harassment and are more vulnerable to traps such as crime and drugs. What do you call a kid with a backyard? A free range kid. I think free range kids have a better time of it than battery kids. [Source]
Oh, but he wants you to know that his fears about population growth and foreign investment in Australia isn’t crackpottish:
It is entirely predictable that I, or anyone else raising this issue, will be greeted with attempts to intimidate and shut down debate by dark mutterings about Hansonism, One Nation, racism, xenophobia etc. [Source]
So the guy is a Grade A clown, and now he’s Parliamentary Secretary for Trade?!
The ALP’s biggest problem is not Tony Abbott. It’s biggest problem is its self destructive inability to keep people like Kelvin Thomson away from microphones.