Washer warns on Thomson's mental health

The WA based federal MP Dr Washer said Mr Thomson was under immense emotional pressure as the result of the Coalition's ongoing focus on allegations of Mr Thomson's involvement in the misuse of Health Services Union (HSU) funds.

"We don't want to see someone do something dreadful to themselves," he told ABC TV.

"There's a duty of care to look after one another a bit better."

Dr Washer said combative discourse was part of the nature of politics but behind the scenes both sides should be concerned about