Update 9th June 2011
UPPER House MP Bernard Finnigan turned up at Parliament for a ridiculous self-indulgent cameo today….The fat pervert selfish in the extreme, not even giving the government the respect to stay around for more than a few minutes
The former leader of the Government in the Upper House appeared at 4.35pm and left after eight minutes at 4.43pm. He resumed his seat on the back bench on the Government side on the chamber, but did not make any comment or contribute to the debate.
Mr Finnigan refused to explain his absence for seven straight sittings to reporters and would not say if he intended to keep his seat. He walked slowly to the carpark before driving off.
Under parliamentary rules, MPs are automatically dismissed from office if they miss 12 consecutive sitting days without being granted leave, traditionally allowed in instances of sickness.
Mr Finnigan missed seven sitting days and was required to attend before June 23 to avoid being sacked, and forfeiting his $130,000 base salary, access to an office and staff as well as subsidised car and phone use. His appearance yesterday means he can remain absent until September 14.
He only needed to attend Parliament today long enough to have his appearance noted to win another 12-sitting day reprieve from expulsion.
Firstly, I had some feedback from non believers here , SO
Anyone doubting it his him (As some supporters are…shame on you) check these out…Then get a firm grip on the realities of the victims in these crimes…Innocent children
Here he is at the house when the media swamped his house
This dirty sleazy filthy rotten conniving fat paedophile wannabe busted with kiddie porn. and masquerading as a good catholic boy, a self-proclaimed servant of Christ!!! Should of become a priest, or maybe thank god he didn’t, he then would have had easy access to boys…Get this fat ugly bastard into jail fast please…
On Wednesday, Operation Decimate detectives arrested the MP, who was later charged with possessing child pornography, an aggravated account of possessing child pornography and two counts of taking steps to access the material.
The maximum penalty for an aggravated offence is seven years’ jail.
MPs convicted of an offence with a maximum sentence of more than two years in prison are forced to forfeit their seat. BUT up until then if he stays in Parliament
CONSIDER THIS…Imagine anyone but a politician keeping all this after being arrested
- Finnigan will continue to draw a taxpayer-funded salary ahead of an expensive legal battle.
- Finnigan Despite being urged by some colleagues to step down for the good of the party. HE REFUSING- He is greedy as well!
- Finnigan has enlisted high-priced lawyer Michael Abbott, QC, who charges clients several thousand dollars a day.WHO WILL END UP PAYING FOR THIS?
- Finnigan receive an annual salary of $130,000 and extra income for committee or Cabinet work. Finnigan is pulling in $2500 a week minimum since this has happened
- Finnigan remains free to access a Parliament House office and use a taxpayer-funded phone and subsidised car. HE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED AND BE PAYING HIS OWN WAY
- Finnigan also has a staffer who assists with his electorate and personal matters IMAGINE THE POOR STAFFERS given the job of continuing to have to bow to this bastard
It remains unclear whether Finnigan will report for work when Parliament resumes on May 3.
Under parliamentary rules, Finnigan will be automatically dismissed from office if he misses 12 sitting days without special permission.
One Labor source said that Finnigan should immediately quit and give the party clear air to begin recovering from its recent collapse in opinion polls. Others said the MP should address the allegations publicly and clear colleagues of suspicion. (In relation to it being suppressed in SA)
It can also be revealed that police were allowed inside Parliament House on Wednesday night while a separate raid was conducted at Finnigan’s House
Police are understood to have been permitted entry by parliamentary staff but without the permission of the presiding members, as required by convention. Police would not comment yesterday or say if any material was seized.
Parliament has historically granted extended leave for MPs in circumstances of sickness, but it can be denied by a vote.
Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said Labor must decide if the accused MP could be effective in Parliament, given the “stress and trauma”.
“I can’t imagine that anyone, innocent or guilty, charged with offences like this could discharge the duties of the office,” she said.
“Therefore I expect that it is appropriate for that person to go on leave. I think it’s reasonable for them to stay on (as a parliamentarian) and receive a base salary.”
People charged with sex offences in South Australia cannot be identified. However, within hours of the charges becoming public, Finnigan was widely named on social media websites, in breach of the statutory suppression orders.