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Peter Slipper faces sex scandal

Peter Slipper
Peter Slipper

DETAILED and sordid allegations of sexual harassment have been levelled at independent member for Fisher Peter Slipper by one of his top advisors James Ashby.

In reports published in Sydney's Daily Telegraph  today, court documents allege Mr Slipper only hired the 33-year-old Sunshine Coast advisor for the purpose of pursuing a sexual relationship.

Mr Slipper has also been accused, in the past, of misusing his travel entitlements for unexplained trips to Sydney and Brisbane nightclub venues.

The Daily Telegraph report alleges Mr Slipper had inappropriate relationships with male staffers dating back years.

The report said the Howard Government was aware of problems surrounding their MP as early as 2003.

The revelations follows lengthy investigations by the Sunshine Coast Daily about Mr Slipper's travel expenses.

Mr Ashby is the adviser who faced a police investigation after he threw the phone of a Daily journalist who asked Mr Slipper about his expenses at a recent press conference.

The police decided not to proceed after Mr Ashby refused to talk to them.

Mr Slipper, who is married with grown up children, has denied the allegations

The former Liberal MP, who is returning from an overseas trip, took to Twitter early this morning.

He fired off his first tweet at 5am, declaring: "The allegations in News Ltd papers are denied!"

Later Mr Slipper was asked on Twitter "what part of the Westminster tradition is this current scandal modelled on???", to which he replied: "well the allegations are denied and a surprise to me."

According to the court documents, Mr Ashby was then treated differently after repeatedly refusing Mr Slipper's advances and told to deal with the House of Representatives Speaker only through another adviser. 

Mr Ashby is seeking a court order that Mr Slipper undergo counselling and training in anti-discrimination, as well as compensation from the federal government and the Speaker.

The allegations will appear in front of Fair Work Australia on May 21.

The scandal will create a major headache for the Gillard government which gave Mr Slipper the top Speaker's job to ensure its survival in Parliament.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has already called for the Prime Minister to stand Mr Slipper down until the claim against him is finalised.

There is already widespread speculation the independents will now dump their support given the nature of the allegations.

The Daily Telegraph report printed the following extract from the court.

Wednesday January 4 2012: James Ashby and Peter Slipper were in Slipper's flat after work. Slipper asks applicant: "Can you massage my neck". Ashby says words to the effect of "yeah righto" as "he did not know what other response to give as he was brand new to him job and he was being asked by his employer'.

Thursday, January 5: Ashby was getting ready for work, when Slipper says: "You're a strange one". The following conversation then took place in words to the effect of: Slipper: "You're a weird because you shower with the door shut".

Ashby: "What's weird about that?"

Slipper: "You're a prude".

Ashby: "You can call me what you like, I'm happy to war the tag of prude. I don't know what you private schoolboys got up to in your day, but I've never found it normal to shower with the door open. My dad's never done it, I've never done it, my mates don't do it, that's not weird".

Slipper: "But you even go to the toilet with the door shut".

Ashby:" It's not weird and it's normal".

Slipper: "You should try showering with the door open"

Ashby: "It's never gonna happen"

Slipper: "What have you got to hide? What are you doing in there?"

Ashby: "I'm not doing anything in there, it's just not normal to shower with the door open".

More of the allegations contained in the court documents

 

 

 

Topics:  james ashby peter slipper


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