List of Australian politicians convicted of crimes

FederalEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
John Curtin 1914 Labor Failing to comply with a compulsory medical examination for conscription 3 days' jail Later became Prime Minister of Australia; first Prime Minister to be convicted of an offence [1]
Benjamin Benny 1926 Nationalist Fraudulent conversion of trust funds 3 years' jail [2]
Derryn Hinch 1987, 2011, 2014 Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Contempt of court, breaching suppression orders 12 days in prison, 5 months' home detention, 50 days in prison Hinch was a radio announcer at the times of his crimes, and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2016 [3]
Michael Cobb 1998 National Rorting travel expenses Fined $14,000, 2-year suspended jail term [4]
Andrew Theophanous 2002 Labor Bribery and fraud 6 years' jail Served two years and successfully appealed the fraud charge. [5]
Craig Thomson 2014 Labor/
Independent
Theft $25,000 fine[6] Reduced from 12 months' jail with 9 months suspended on appeal, 49 charges of fraud dismissed.[7] [6]
Steve Irons 2015 Liberal Unlicensed drink driving 4-month good behaviour order [8]
Wilson Tuckey 1967 Liberal Assault Fined $50.00 After being convicted of assaulting an Aboriginal man, he was nicknamed "Iron Bar" [9]

New South WalesEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Thomas Ley 1947 Nationalist Murder Death, later commuted to confinement in Broadmoor Asylum Involvement with a number of disappearances, including that of Frederick McDonald, his predecessor as MP [10]
Rex Jackson 1987 Labor Accepting bribes 10 years Former Minister for Corrective Services. Increased from 7½ years on appeal [11]
Tony Packard 1993 Liberal Unlawful use of listening devices Fined $1000 Offences were committed while operating a used-car business, prior to entering parliament [12]
Barry Morris 1996 Liberal Making death threats 1 year Decreased from 2½ years on appeal [13]
Milton Orkopoulos 2008 Labor 33 counts, including child sex and drug offences 13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years) Decreased from 13 years and 11 months on appeal [14]
Richard Face 2009 Labor Making a false statement to the ICAC Fined $2,500, three-year good-behaviour bond Lied about misusing parliamentary and electoral office staff to help set up a consultancy. [15][16]
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. [17][18]
Eddie Obeid 2016 Labor Misconduct in public office 5 years (non-parole period of 3 years) Failing to declare his precuniary interest while a member of parliament and subsequent attempts to influence bureaucrats and Labor colleagues so as to benefit his family [19][20][21][22][23]

QueenslandEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
William Hamilton 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [24]
Brian Austin 1990 National misappropriating public funds 15 months [25]
Leisha Harvey 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months 7 months served in home detention [25]
Don Lane 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months [25]
Geoff Muntz 1990 National misappropriating public funds 12 months [25]
Keith Wright 1993 Labor child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader [26]
Bill D'Arcy 2000 Labor child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years) [27]
Merri Rose 2005 Labor extortion 1½ years [26]
Karen Struthers 2007 Labor Drink driving $1,000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months [28]
Gordon Nuttall 2009, 2011 Labor Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft 15 years (non-parole period 10 years) [29]

TasmaniaEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Brenton Best 2002 Labor Drink driving fine and loss of licence [30]
Terry Martin 2011 Independent Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence [31]

South AustraliaEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Bernard Finnigan 2015 Labor/
Independent
Obtaining access to child pornography A 15-month suspended sentence with a three-year $1,000 good behaviour bond Also added to the sex offender register [32][33][34]

VictoriaEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Reference
Carolyn Hirsh 2004 Labor Drink driving $600 fine and driving ban of 6 months [35]
Carolyn Hirsh 2006 Labor Drink driving and driving while disqualified $600 fine and driving ban of 1 year [36]

Western AustraliaEdit

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes Ref
Julian Stuart 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [37]
George Taylor 1891 Labor conspiracy in connection with the Queensland shearers' strike 3 years future state MP [38]
Frederick Baglin 1923 Labor stealing as a servant 3 years sitting state MP [39]
Brian Burke 1994 Labor misappropriating public funds 7 months former state Premier [40]
Ray O'Connor 1995 Liberal stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car 18 months former state Premier [41][42]
David Parker 1996 Labor perjury 18 months former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months [43]
Wayde Smith 1998 Liberal perjury 18 months paroled after six months [44][45]
Graham Burkett 2006 Labor receiving bribes 14 months former mayor of Stirling and state MP [46]

See alsoEdit

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