Doctor’s certificate questioned after MP skips parliament

Mr Thomson, under ongoing pressure over accusations he misused a union credit card when general secretary of the Health Services Union, spent two days in Canberra Hospital last week before being discharged on Thursday.

He is now at home in his NSW central coast electorate with a medical certificate excusing him from attending parliament for all this week.

He requested a parliamentary voting proxy – known as a “pair”– but the opposition only agreed to give him a pair for today unless he gives further proof of illness.