Mal Brough... not commenting.
Mal Brough... not commenting. Warren Lynam

Clive Palmer to sue Mal Brough for Ashbygate ‘lies’

CLIVE Palmer will issue a writ for defamation against Fisher LNP candidate Mal Brough, saying the former Howard Government minister needed to be brought to account.

The Palmer United Party leader said he wanted the matter resolved in court where he was more than prepared to "swear on a Bible" that Mr Brough had come to him seeking money to fund James Ashby's failed sexual harassment case against Fisher MP Peter Slipper.

Mr Brough, who has previously denied the allegation and questioned Mr Palmer's consistency in his recollections of a meeting between the pair at Palmer Coolum Resort last year, refused to comment yesterday.

Mr Palmer said he was taking legal action against Mr Brough because the Fisher candidate was "a liar".

"I am prepared to protect my reputation," he said. "I am prepared to protect Joe Hockey's reputation."

Mr Palmer said the Judge Steven Rares, who heard the Ashby allegations of sexual harassment by Mr Slipper, had made it quite clear on what Mr Brough's behaviour had been like.

"It's not a question of integrity," Mr Palmer said.

"I agree with the judge. I just really confirmed what the judge had already found that Mr Brough has been lying; that Mr Brough had been trying to cause damage to another Australian and trying to solicit funds from me to do that.

"Would I swear on a Bible that I'm telling the truth?

"Absolutely; there is no question about that. I will be looking forward to the opportunity in court to take that (oath) and to bring forward in court the evidence I'd produce that shows Mal Brough is a liar.

"He's opened his mouth and now he's made his own bed. Let him lie in it."

Mr Palmer said it was about time Coalition leader Tony Abbott said something about the matter.

"And of course Tony Abbott is being manipulated by the same people who are Mal Brough's mates," he said.

"What sort of insult is it for the people of the Sunshine Coast? We stand for more than that.

"It's not just about power at any cost. We should have some sort of integrity. They probably want to put Mal Brough in (as Prime Minister) instead of Tony Abbott.

"He'd make a good puppet, Mal (would)."


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