Former Speaker Peter Slipper.
Former Speaker Peter Slipper. Warren Lynam

Internet activists turn up the pressure on 'Ashbygate'

TONY Abbott and his party are being pursued by a private detective, an army of pensioners and a very determined man in a wheelchair.

Hundreds of online activists - at least a third of whom are pensioners and led by a quadriplegic IT expert - have raised more than $50,000 and hired a private detective to investigate the affair.

''Ashbygate'' is the name given to the series of events that led to the resignation of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Peter Slipper.

Social media gunning for Abbott Tony Abbott accused of double standards over parliamentary expenses as "citizen journalists" demand answers on alleged scandals. .

The affair began on April 21 last year when a front page story in News Limited papers alleged that Mr Slipper had sexually harassed his adviser James Ashby. It took a turn last December when the Federal Court judge Steven Rares dismissed Mr Ashby's case as an ''abuse of process''.

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