666 days, and a word about corruption…

We won! But the battle's not over

Since the news of Craig Thomson’s arrest on fraud charges yesterday, coincidentally occurring in the middle of Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s address to the National Press Council, the already-constant buzzing about union corruption has grown louder. Better writers than I have covered troubling aspects of the arrest, concerns about a fair trial, political motivation running the entire thing, and today’s Neil Mitchell interview with Federal Employment Minister Bill Shorten and Federal Opposition Treasurer Joe Hockey contains interesting comparisons and allegations of hypocrisy.

I do want to note the disgusting comment by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell in response to the report that Mr Thomson was strip searched. My focus in this post, though, is to analyse series of interlinking arguments that underlie this buzzing. Let me start by saying that my introduction to philosophical argument and structure was over two decades ago, and started looking way to much…

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