Australia's embattled prime minister has voiced concern that her political enemies could be interfering in a police investigation of a politician accused of misappropriating money to pay prostitutes.
The scandal threatens to bring down her government.
Premier Julia Gillard attacked opposition politicians after a newspaper revealed that they had advised New South Wales police last week of a dossier of evidence they had against government politician Craig Thomson.
Ms Gillard told reporters she is "deeply concerned" by the report because police commissioners have to "exercise their best judgment" "independently of political processes".
Police said they were investigating Mr Thomson on the basis of evidence provided by a Liberal senator.