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BLOWBACK: Peter Slipper saga might end up bad news for the Coalition

AshbyconspiracySpeaker Peter Slipper is likely to emerge mostly unscathed despite what initially appeared to be devastatingly bad claims from a staffer, James Ashby, with a lurking possibility that his claims could engulf the Liberals in a seedy and Nixonian dirty tricks scandal of its own.

Sources familiar with the Speaker’s expense claim say that far from rorting his parliamentary travel entitlements with Cabcharges that his use of them, complained about by Ashby as apparently dodgy, will check out as legitimate, with many other MPs also using limousine services, some favouring them over the more expensive taxpayer-owned Comcar. It seems weird that a private limo service would substantially less than Comcar but we are reliably told that is the case and that some MPs prefer private operators as a result. This seems to be particularly the case with Queensland MPs. Sources say that all Slipper did, which might have prompted concern from Ashby who wasn’t familiar with the Speaker’s arrangement with a Sydney limo operator was provide the driver with Cabcharges for payment, which they insist tally up with official, and documented and diarised, engagements he had. Slipper, often lashed on expenses by his former internal party critics like nemesis Alex Somylay, is now reportedly extremely cautious and vigilant about the detail of these things. His friends are highly confident he will be utterly cleared in relation to them. Government sources certainly expect he’ll be reinstated once his innocence is established, which they think will be quite soon.

The sex harassment claims are messier, and while not of themselves job threatening, and will be personally embarrassing for the Speaker. His practice of allowing some staff members to save money by crashing at his place in Canberra was clearly not smart, sources say, and won’t continue.

However, there are dark mutterings about the James Ashby saga, which, if true, could create an enormous stink for the Coalition. The story goes like this:

That many in Liberal circles believed that Peter Slipper had entanglements with staff member or members in the past but they couldn’t prove anything. (VEXNEWS readers will recall our reporting of these rumours a long time ago)

That someone in the LNP convinced James Ashby – an openly gay and politically ambitious journalist/spin doctor – to work for Slipper with a view to digging up dirt on Slipper and acting in some kind of honey-trap, as it is referred to in espionage.

Ashby, who, astonishingly enough, at the time of publication is still an employee of the Speaker, has made his claims via a high-priced Sydney law firm Harmers that is a specialist in workplace law, often representing employers but also well-known for representing the complainant against Mark McInnes, the former CEO of David Jones, who was accused of trying to screw the crew.

It is believed that Ashby is not paying the firm himself, with some even speculating that he may be being induced and encouraged by Slipper’s foes in the LNP to make the claims, possibly with the promise of a job or some other benefit.

It also believed that Ashby covertly assisted a number of state LNP candidates during the recent Queensland election. Sources say the Speaker became aware of it, and was perfectly relaxed about it but was merely disappointed with his staffer that he hadn’t told him about it. Certainly it’s no secret Ashby is an LNP member.

Most probably it’s a coincidence, but it is interesting to note that HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson, on a seek-and-destroy mission against the government backbencher Craig Thomson, has very recently engaged the same Sydney-based lawyers to represent her in a typically quixotic Federal Court lawsuit calculated to seize power within her scandal-plagued HSUeast branch.

There is concern among some Canberra and Brisbane Liberals that Ashby is “flaky” and if he was put up by someone to infiltrate Slipper’s office to dig up dirt or entrap him in some kind of embarrassment that it could easily and spectacularly backfire if he feels disappointed about the outcome of his spectacular attack on the Speaker, either in terms of its effect on Slipper (he’ll most probably survive it) or on Ashby himself (he’ll almost certainly not stay in his job working for Slipper and might end up looking dirtier than Monica Lewinsky without actually doing anything between the sheets).

If Ashby acted alone, and is merely freely championing his rights at work, then certainly a carefully-timed ambush (with no attempt to privately raise the matter with Slipper or the Speaker’s office) is a strange way to go about resolving his issues, or achieving a result. There seems to be a lot more to this than meets the eye.

If Ashby was put up for the odious task of infiltrating the Speaker’s office to dig up dirt on him, then the first round has certainly been a success but the second round will entirely defend on Ashby keeping his mouth shut about whether any of Slipper’s political foes prompted him to take a job with Slipper and to adopt a shoot stealthily and dramatically from the grassy knoll strategy.

While this strategy was never likely to cost the government an extra vote (Slipper’s not likely to return to the Coalition), it has certainly again fed into the powerful perception that they are an unstable minority government, despite passing pretty much all of their own agenda through both houses. But the whole thing massively backfire on the Coalition if a Nixonian dirty tricks story is confirmed. Even the late former Nixon COS Chuck Colson, who passed away this past weekend, would have been impressed in his White House days with this one.

UPDATE: News Limited’s Steve Lewis all but admits knowing about James Ashby’s Federal Court case prior to it being filed last Friday. Lewis also offered in an interview with Ray Hadley to pro-actively help the Federal Police show what he says is Slipper’s abuse of public money. An unusual thing for a journalist to do but these are interesting times. Interestingly, sources say when Steve Lewis was the President of the UTS Student Union, he was notorious in the world of student politics for being the highest paid elected student official in all the land, who was also even provided with a union-funded car. He is now a vigilant defender of the public purse, God bless him.

TUESDAY UPDATE: Tony Abbott is denying Coalition staffers were involved in ‘preparing’ James Ashby’s complaint. Oh dear. His answer: “Not to my knowledge” sounded like a very lawyerly response of the kind the PM is usually heard uttering when the heat’s on. As we argue above, if the Coalition were involved with Ashby’s complaint and are trying to keep it hidden, then they’ll be left looking very tawdry and Nixonian indeed. Developing…

Discussion

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  1. slippery pete.i hope you used .you need help…….

    Posted by jimmy | April 23, 2012, 7:12
  2. Andy, we have plenty more kites that might actually fly. Come in some time.

    Posted by Kite shop | April 23, 2012, 8:32
  3. Also think there could be problems for LNP if this saga truthfully comes out

    Posted by ML | April 23, 2012, 8:42
  4. What a wicked web these pollies tread….

    All sorts of rumours re Slippery Pete and Juliaaaaarr

    1. Was Pete giving Bob Brown a ‘ heads ‘ up ?
    2. Is Timmy on the message list ? – twink I think
    3. Juliaaaaaar actually on with Timmy’s daughter
    4. Juliaaaaaar GONE now- UNELECTABLE
    5. Shorten getting ready I heard

    Posted by Bart | April 23, 2012, 9:40
  5. Both the Jackson HSU & Ashby fracas have more “flake” then the down town fish n chip shop. Given that they both have the same solicitors as well…hmmm .

    Posted by deep fried flake | April 23, 2012, 9:43
  6. ****Ashby is “flaky” and if he was put up by someone to infiltrate Slipper’s office to dig up dirt or entrap him***

    If Ashby’s flaky, who would use him for such an important task? And how much more dirt do we need, on Slipper? Classic Labor thinking. Thomson’s corruption exposed by Kathy, she’s at fault. Slipper’s corruption exposed by Ashby, he’s at fault.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 23, 2012, 10:06
  7. Smacks of a very nasty set up…both the Thompson @ Slipper take downs have all too similar strands (cabcharges, credit cards, sex etc) great for Murdoch press who called for Slipper to step down almost immediately not a rule applied to their own media transgressions?? can’t wait for truth to unravel….and i’m sure it will in due course. Great work Andy.

    Posted by sinking in the slipper | April 23, 2012, 10:26
  8. James Ashby certainly has questions to answer, whether or nor his allegations ever get to court. Something certainly smells funny.

    Posted by Alwaysgrumpy | April 23, 2012, 12:04
  9. Byron your just drinking the Murdoch press kool-aid Everyone knows the Australian is the media arm of the LNP. Kathy and Ashby are being propped . The Libs haven’t laid a glove on Lab for a while . The LNP weren’t crying out so hard about Slipper when the last rumours surfaced under Howard’s watch???Very similar to the Mike Rann- Chantelois beatup which was run by Murdoch non stop in last State election only to mysteriously die after Rann won.Jackson touted “a hero” by Abbott is nothing but Murdoch media fodder , the LNP cares less about corruption in unions of which Kathy is by no means a cleanskin, then it’s naked grab for power aka nobbling Craig Thompson . Diversionary tactics, scheming , and stitch ups are a poor substitute for political integrity.

    Posted by utegate revisited | April 23, 2012, 12:07
  10. Yeah … right.
    Ashby has been sitting around with his own phone and Slippery’s phone sending lewd messages to himself.
    And, in his spare time, he has been ordeing limo’s on Slipperace’s Cabcharge to deliver pizzas. Oh, and don’t forget breaking into Craig Thomson’s house, stealling his Amex and clocking up points with hookers.

    Sounds plausible to me.
    This guy Ashby is no Godwin Grech and, in any case, the coalition have not taken him into the fold as Turnbull did with Grech.
    If Ashby turns out to be unreliable that will not rebound on Abbott because he has wasn’y in the shower at the time.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 12:12
  11. It seems accusations are enough to end careers and cause political turmoil.

    What’s to stop a disgruntled ex Liberal (Ashby) from lodging accusations and then in 6-12 months time quietly abandoning his case?

    Because accusations are enough, accusers never have to prove their claims as fact.

    I might just lodge court documents that I was abused by Tony Abbott but would he stand down for the year or more while the claim makes its way through the courts ?

    Posted by Accusations are Enough | April 23, 2012, 12:38
  12. Umm … It seems we can complete an investigation into Slippery Pete’s taxi excursions before morning tea.
    Meanwhile, over at Fair Work Australia …….

    ALP – The Party of Sleaze and Thieves

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 12:51
  13. These sort ofrorts are common place and on most cases endorsed by others who all have ther snouts in the trough. The Meblbourne City Ccuil has been paying out money to City Councillors “expenses” and lost telephones, dubious cab charges and Enevntually the costs of coucnillors flights oversees so they could attend executve meetings of their party organizations. All contray to the underlies and spirit of he law that entitles coucillors to be reinsured for out of pocket expenses.

    The Liberalparty knew about Sipper long ago, the same way the ALP knew about Colstern. slippers,indesgresion occurred when he was a member of the Liberal Paryy and under John Howard. yet they said nothing. I suspect having raise this issue and caused the political dame already they will soon seek top lug the leak before the oat sinks taking down all and sunder. An investigation into anyor Most MP,s would raise questions. I suspected Liberal Party may come under some review. The old saying let he who has no sin caste first stone. of those in glass houses should not throw stones.

    Posted by CC | April 23, 2012, 12:54
  14. None of this matters y’all.
    Back to a majority of one, Julia and Swannie are now going to have a queue of rent-seekers stretching around the block before the Budget is brought down.
    Milney (via Adam Bandt) will want her pound of flesh, as will Windsor, Oakeshott and, of course, the freshly re-inflated Member for Denizon (spelling intentional).
    I estimate the next Newspoll will be a 2PP approaching 60:40 with an ALP Primary of 26%-27%.

    Kev must be kicking himself.
    If he had held off 8 weeks his 70-30 vote would have been more like 55-45 and close enough to topple the Altona Droner later in the year.
    Either way, Gillard won’t be putting up the Christmas Tree in the Lodge this year.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 12:57
  15. Ashby is 33 years old and should be able to look after himself as far as any alleged harassment is concerned I would have thought. Don’t they breed them bough in Queensland?

    I understand Ashby is a NLP members and an electorate office in Queensland and is not based in Canberra were Slipper is most of the year.

    ABC News24 over the weekend referred to sexual assault when the allegations are harassment. This morning News Radio referred to the charges when they are only allegation so far. The police have charged no one.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 23, 2012, 13:23
  16. Disappointed you didn’t work a grassy knoll into the narrative.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 13:32
  17. What is all this mumbling I hear (both here and from the AB ****ing C) about Ashby not trying “to privately raise the matter with Slipper or the Speaker’s office”.

    For homework, Andy.
    Read Julia’s very own Fair Work Act.
    There is absolutely no requirement to seek mediation, particularly where the victim has been subjected to relentless and high-level harrassment (as suggested in this case).
    In fact, most workplaces (via their PC HR Brigade) emphasize in training that victims have no obligation to engage in mediation and, in fact, should not be encouraged to mediate if it would exacerbate their trauma.
    We can only speculate that Mr Ashby feels so traumatised and sullied by the (alleged) exchanges that he feels he cannot face mediation with his (alleged) oppressor.
    In short, he has made up his mind that he can’t or won’t work with Slipperace again.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 13:41
  18. Accused, tried and convicted in the court of media.

    Accused Friday, trial Saturday, stood down Sunday.

    Who needs courts, evidence and presumption of innocence?

    Posted by Slipper Me One | April 23, 2012, 13:47
  19. The side angle to all this is Wilkie. Wilkie has done pretty much everything possible to suck up to Abbott since backing Gillard including calling for Slipper to resign yesterday. The reason for this is not because of high moral ground issues, not because he was screwed on his pokie legislation but the old horse you should always back…self interest. He knows if the Libs preference the ALP before him in Denisan in the next election then he is back to selling rugs in Hobart and will simply be a oncer. He simply can’t win without Lib preferences hence his new found love for the Coalition. Sadly I think the Coalition are being courted.

    Posted by Wilkie and preferences | April 23, 2012, 13:48
  20. ***Byron your just drinking the Murdoch press kool-aid***

    Utie, do you really think anyone gives a flying stuff as to whether Ashby is some kind of gay Manchurian deep cover Lib candidate? Here’s what’s happening out in the real world, an example of why people *hate* this government. From the NP email newsletter:

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    ….in fact, part of our team was at the Big Rivers timber mill in Grafton. I strongly recommend Senator Milne have a look and a good listen.

    Big Rivers Timbers is one of the biggest employers in town, supporting 160 local jobs. Managing director Jim Bindon is justifiably proud of the mill’s environmental record, which takes a renewable resource and turns it into high quality, beautiful and tough plywood.

    The business generates 40% of the heat for drying timber from steam, firing the boiler with the biomass waste the plant generates through timber off-cuts so nothing goes to waste, while saving on electricity use.

    But then Jim tells us the Labor-Greens government has refused to fully credit the biomass the plant reuses as renewable energy. Using the off-cuts for biomass is ‘unethical’!

    It’s not the only weird anomaly. The carbon tax will add $200,000 a year to the mill’s electricity bill. That’s bad enough, but we are left shaking our heads as Jim explains the carbon tax will actually double parts of the mill’s power bill.

    The Labor-Greens tax is applied at a $23 tonne flat rate, so while the plant’s daytime power bill will increase 25%, his environmentally more friendly off-peak bill will increase by 100%.

    His frustration peaks, lamenting ‘it’s just a massive new bill to pay that does nothing to change production practices because the mill is already doing everything it can to be sustainable’.

    Overnight, the mill will be less competitive. Imports are already cheaper on wages alone and now there is to be a carbon tax that Australian mills must pay but imported products will not.

    It’s just one story from one business doing the right thing in one local town, but we’ve heard the same story again and again in regional communities across the country.

    In Casino, another part of our Nationals team were being told of abattoir freezer bills going up $260,000 a year under the carbon tax, and a nonsense carbon tax trigger which means an abattoir emitting 24,999 tonnes of CO² does not have to buy carbon permits, but if it emits one tonne more it must fork out $575,000 for permits – higher every year. It’s cheaper to close for a week than pay the bill!

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 23, 2012, 13:53
  21. Andy can you please explain how this situation is different to that of Homer Simpson? In that instance you were all over the double standards being shown by a ‘family man’ and were baying for blood.

    Posted by wolf | April 23, 2012, 14:24
  22. Called it a honey trap right from the start. What a nasty pasty young Ashby is.

    Posted by david | April 23, 2012, 14:25
  23. Slipper is pathetic and must be sunk. That said, he wouldn’t be the first MP to rort his entitlements. Closer examination of a certain state Liberal backbencher might just show something similar.

    Posted by Yan Yean Muppet | April 23, 2012, 14:36
  24. Entertaining theory in this piece, but pretty unlikely. If the Libs were desperate and well behind they might pull something like this, but they are light years ahead in the polls and the election is now within range. They wouldn’t risk it; too much downside for moderate gain.

    Posted by Sooty | April 23, 2012, 17:05
  25. You know what you haven’t considered? The fact that Ashby’s claims may be TRUE.

    Posted by TUSWCB | April 23, 2012, 17:34
  26. Correct … Ashby’s claim might just be true.
    I have been amused to compare and contrast the “nothing to see here” entrapment response with the self-righteous outrage when the guy from DJs allowed his hand to stray up a blouse.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 17:45
  27. Has kathy Jackson orchestrated the whole thing???? Same solicitor…hmmmm

    Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2012, 19:09
  28. This could be Slippers “Monica” moment?

    The boy is just seeking a pay out and doing the dirty work for the LNP.

    Slipper was just concerned that he could slip in the shower. No doubts he was a bit tipsy at the time and he thought it best to to play it safe so he suggested that he leave the door open just in case he dropped the soap and collapsed or fell when bending over to pick up it up. This sort of thing goes in in the locker room all the time. Not to mention in prison. I am sure he was flattered.

    Posted by Circumstancial evidence | April 23, 2012, 19:52
  29. I wish I was gay, it would sure beat the vile view of obese loathsome flesh, I have to observe each morning.

    Posted by Sav Binga | April 23, 2012, 20:12
  30. The biggest wrought by MP’s is the huge pension they get after retiring after a relatively short period.

    The second biggest wrought is the taxpayer funding of candidates who get 4% or more of the primary vote at an election.

    Interesting that my local MP Michael Danby (Melbourne Ports) was one of the Government MP’s that dragged Slipper to the speakers chair and he is also on the Parliamentary Matter Committee that organises the taxpayer funded election wrought.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 23, 2012, 20:34
  31. 7.30 reported that Mr Ashby is not answering questions but has engaged a PR consultant.
    A different approach to getting medical assistance as stated in the court documents.

    Posted by Sue | April 23, 2012, 21:12
  32. ***Has kathy Jackson orchestrated the whole thing????***

    Yep, Kathy was in Kontrol. You know she was making sandcastles on Cheviot Beach the day Holt was snatched, don’t you? Her little plastic bucket and spade are in the KGB museum.

    But enough about Kathy. Tell us about the time the aliens lifted you up into their space ship, using a tractor beam. You were saying they … probed you?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 23, 2012, 21:16
  33. ***7.30 reported that Mr Ashby is not answering questions but has engaged a PR consultant***

    Oh, great. When will he be on ‘Dancing With The Stars’?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 23, 2012, 21:18
  34. Umm Sue … here’s a newflash for you.
    A person who is a victim of abuse doesn’t have to submit themselves to cross-examination by Gillard aplogists like Paul Bongiorno et al.
    I feel very sorry for this young man … he appears to have been the victim of the most abhorrent abuse.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 21:23
  35. The Sorry Tale of Slipper and the Slapper …..
    One thing for sure … the Crayfish* is gone.
    The Droner from Altona has just revealed where her true attitudes lie in relation to sexual abuse and rorting of taxpayers. The “masterstroke” – as cited by her fans in the Media – in appointing Slipper to the chair has rebounded all over her and all she can do is squeal AbbottAbbottAbbott

    * Crayfish:- Red as they come, all the meat’s in the tail, the head is full of shit and she squeals like a stuck pig when put in hot water.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 21:32
  36. Very original Adrian Jackoff…

    Posted by St Kilda Liberal | April 23, 2012, 21:41
  37. Accused loses his job.

    Accuser gets a PR firm.

    No trial, no judgement, nothing.

    Gotta love trial by media.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2012, 22:08
  38. Whatever Anonymous.

    This Slapper we have to tolerate as PM has lied to the electorate, and has cynically pleaded for ‘due process’ in relation for Craig Thomson which is a nod to FWA to keep inching along at glacial pace.

    Guess what …. I and millions of others don’t give a shit about ‘due process’ anymore because that has become a euphemism for covering up for grubby Labor crooks.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 23, 2012, 22:28
  39. Now heres some facts you might not have heard.

    The lovely James Ashby of this story,worked as a DJ in radio in Newcastle…

    He worked at the local station NXFM, but resigned spectacularly and was later convicted for making abusive phone calls to one of his on-air rivals in 2002!!!

    The magistrate in the case threatened to send him to jail at that time!!!

    He was known on air as Jimmy and , he rang Jim Morrision who was on air at another local station and it went something like this;

    Yeah go for it you f—ing psychopath.
    Next time I see you riding on your f—ing bike I’ll hit you, you idiot, all over the sloppy road, you dumb p—k.

    F—it, if I was your mother I would have drowned you at birth.

    Luckily Morrision was able to hit the panic button on the time delay and it didn’t get to air, if it had the magistrate said he would have been in jail, instead got a $2000 fine.

    Posted by Jeff | April 23, 2012, 23:12
  40. St Kilda Liberal – have run out of things to say you ALP stooge

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 23, 2012, 23:32
  41. St Kilda Liberal – have you run out of things to say you ALP stooge

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 23, 2012, 23:36
  42. How long until somebody accuses Rudd of orchestrating this one?

    Posted by Jim | April 24, 2012, 0:53
  43. Jeff – isn’t NSW talk back radio always like that?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 24, 2012, 9:00
  44. Adrian Jackson, you are very plainly getting very over-wrought by polticians’ rorts.

    Posted by Uneeda Valium | April 24, 2012, 10:41
  45. This bloke is no victim, anyone who has lived must know that.Put simply, he might not like ‘it’,but he is a complete c@#t.I think Slipper is a total turd, but he is a Liberal turd,and not a creation of Labor.The media’s position on this, is straight out crap. Political parties exist to form Government, Gillard formed a Govt. and Abbott et al would also do anything and everything to form a Govt.This bloke Ashby is full of ‘merde’.Nearly 5 years since the filthy Tories been out of power and counting.Yay.

    Posted by david | April 24, 2012, 11:02
  46. What prompted the improbable and contorted conspiracy puff-piece?
    Has Slippery got photographic evidence of the author “in flagrante delicto con una capra” *

    * For those of you without a classical education (David, Jeff, Anon. utegate) this means “caught in the act with a goat”.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 24, 2012, 11:23
  47. ***Abbott et al would also do anything and everything to form a Govt***

    No he wouldn’t, and that is the problem. This self-doubting apologetic Christian home-feminized Good Man is too soft, when it’s time to do the hard thing. It’s costing Australia now, and it will cost us even more when he’s PM. A leader needs a dash of mongrel, especially this country at this time.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 24, 2012, 12:04
  48. Ever since Utegate and the fake Godwin Grech emails I have been very suspicious of everything Steve Lewis has printed – This Slipper event has the same MO written all over it.. . He is far too close to the Liberals (if that is even possible for a News Limited journalist) and acts as a post box for their talking points. . . However here, like Utegate, he appears to have been in on the strategy and timing as well . . .

    Posted by Martin | April 24, 2012, 14:00
  49. “he appears to have been the victim of the most abhorrent abuse”

    Yeah. By the Liberals.

    For his sake let’s hope he doesn’t suffer the same meltdown as Godwin Grech !

    Posted by Dave of Burwood | April 24, 2012, 14:03
  50. If a Doctor is accused of rape, should they not work until the case goes to trial?

    If a Teacher is accused of rape should they not work until the case goes to trial?

    If a lawyer is accused of rape should they not practice until the case goes to trial?

    It’s innocent until proven guilty, not “guilty once accused until proven innocent in court”.

    Posted by Innocent until Accused?!?! | April 24, 2012, 14:05
  51. Toad of Toad Hall, “quid est pseudo assentiatur hircos”?

    Posted by david | April 24, 2012, 14:33
  52. ****it’s innocent until proven guilty***

    Dream on, silly. We live under the Gillard Regime . Do you exhale carbon dioxide? You’re guilty. Do you work for News Ltd? You’re guilty. Do you export live animals? You’re guilty. Proof, what an antiquated concept.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 24, 2012, 14:39
  53. david ….. Ego reddere profunda excusatione ad hircos.

    Esuriens hircum accipit operari ubi invenit

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 24, 2012, 15:05
  54. Uneeda Valium – Spell check failed me again but then again the Yanks spell cheque (the money) as check too.

    Isn’t Uneeda an Arnotts biscuit as well

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 24, 2012, 15:31
  55. In the 1960’s didn’t Sue Peacock “sleep wonderfully warm with Linda”?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 24, 2012, 15:32
  56. All this talk of goats….

    Posted by Slippery Pete | April 24, 2012, 15:38
  57. Put me through to the Foreign Affairs Minister

    Posted by Member for Twinks | April 24, 2012, 16:05
  58. I have to disagree that the information contained in Ashby’s court document is, as you put it, “devastatingly bad”.

    In fact they reveal nothing more (at worst) than Slipper losing interest in Ashby once Ashby made it plain to him that a personal relationship was not on.

    The “Polo Shirt” business, where Ashby said Slipper was cruel and vindictive is just a gay guy having a fit of the vapours.

    Not being invited on a Harbour cruise is hardly the stuff of workplace harassment either.

    Being “forced” to witness something that goes on all the time and is in fact BENEFITING the taxpayer – the exchange of CabCharge dockets with a driver – is not a breach of employment contract.

    Ashby had plenty of chances to take his concerns (piss-weak as they are) to Parliamentary HR, mediation and so on. That he did not hurts his case, rather than helps it.

    If he is allowed to get away with drive-by legal action – where you file, via the internet, some office-politics claptrap and ambiguous boys’ own banter as earth-shattering, government-destroying legal action, then everyone with half an axe to grind will be doing it. The parliament will be up to its sweaty armpits in legal action, with most of the members absent or stood down.

    With Lewis involved the FIRST suspicion is that it’s a stitch-up. He’s known far and wide for that (remember Utegate).

    Secondly, his employer is News, whose head honcho is about to 15 rounds with the inquisitorial beak in London tonight on charges of… manufacturing stories, intimidation, corruption, destruction of evidence, and base inhumanity to man and woman.

    News has reaped and now they should sow. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think this whole thing stinks to high heaven. The alacrity with which the imaptient, greedy-for-power Abbott escalated from “concern” to demands for resignations and elections (in 33 days, no less) stamps this as a bamboozlement scam of the highest order.

    Utegate #2, I’d suspect.

    Posted by Bushfire Bill | April 24, 2012, 17:32
  59. Byron of Wahroonga -> Agreed. Smear and instant judgement are the go today.

    Posted by Innocent until Accused?!?! | April 24, 2012, 18:13
  60. A great article Vex, thku. Definitely a developing story.

    Posted by mary-ann martinek | April 24, 2012, 18:18
  61. All this talk of goats……

    Is making you hungry?
    Is making you camera-shy?
    Is making you randy?

    What is it Slippery???

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 24, 2012, 18:20
  62. All this talk of goats .….

    ….is making you hungry?
    ….is making you randy?
    ….is making you camera-shy?
    ….is making you wish you joined the Masons instead of this weird High-Anglican sect?\

    Which is it Slippery?
    Please essplain!!

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 24, 2012, 18:23
  63. Slippery Pete IS goatse

    Posted by chris | April 24, 2012, 18:40
  64. Obviously a set up by the LNP, presumably orchestrated by the Mad Monk. While I hold no brief for Slipper, as he is obviously yet another disgraceful pollie rent seeker, he should tough this one out. By taking the Speaker job he was obviously burning any party bridges he had left, so go for it! Fight everything and everyone, and think of the satisfaction he could get by screwing everybody by just staying on. Great fun for us to watch too….

    Posted by bigpon2 | April 24, 2012, 18:54
  65. Toad of Road Hall – please speak Aussie not wog (Latin is it?)

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 24, 2012, 18:59
  66. I read it and said “Grech”and lost interest.

    Ashby can’t just file this claim, he has to go to arbitration first.

    I sued a senator for unfair dismissal and was required to undergo some meetings to work out a deal.

    Only when it failed did the arbitration commission find in my favour.

    My senator never missed a nano-second of time in the house.

    This story is just another dirty Murdoch rant.

    What is irritating to the point of making me ignore all news services is that there are real things to ping the government for – like the 1000 kids still in prison for seeking asylum – but they are such tittering nitwits they don’t take a jot of notice.

    Posted by Marilyn | April 24, 2012, 19:25
  67. Our media have actually become so lazy that claims are facts, no more required.

    Posted by Marilyn | April 24, 2012, 19:26
  68. Claim = Fact ….. if you believe Australian media.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012, 19:39
  69. Monsieur Adrienne Jacksonne

    Aucun problème de mon ami.
    (Vous savez … vous êtes mignon quand vous êtes en colère)

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 24, 2012, 21:54
  70. Toad of Toad Hall – first its wog and now it frog. Who did you vote for in the French presidential election?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 24, 2012, 22:16
  71. O noooo…….. my attempt to suppress free speech has failed.

    Posted by Looter Lew | April 24, 2012, 22:31
  72. And the Martians assassinated kennedy! What planet are you on or better still what substance. What person defends a 62 yr old sending text messages like “are you getting your rocks” really you need a holiday

    Posted by Chris | April 24, 2012, 23:13
  73. Pete could Alan and myself in the Wahroonga gentlemen’s public lavatory for a game of leapfrog.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 24, 2012, 23:41
  74. Keep going toad, keep going. I suspect Adrian sits there every night, his small (uncircumcised no doubt) in his hand, getting pissed off at everyone ganging up on him for his usual unoriginal comments, somehow linking those joooooz to everything. Might just tip him over the edge one day we can only hope

    Posted by St Kilda Liberal | April 24, 2012, 23:46
  75. Funniest political comment of the day by Alexander Somlyay, this is a direct quote: ‘Pete Slipper always prefer the back door to the front door’.
    Im good on you Alex we sort of are gathering that!

    Posted by anon | April 24, 2012, 23:46
  76. Lew is now out in the open – oi vey

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 0:01
  77. Rosie oh dam grab us another night time pad love, I’ve just soiled my French silk boxer shorts excuse the smell love!

    Posted by Solly Phew | April 25, 2012, 0:56
  78. Looked like a ” Utegate ” to me from the beginning,same team 1 Steve Lewis
    2 Ltd News
    3 LNP
    Now its ” Slippergate ” and we know how the 1st one turned out.
    Viva Vexnews
    Abbott only won the LOTO with Slipper’s vote. Abbott went to his wedding , just shows how low Abbott will go.

    Posted by Lord Barry Boncton | April 25, 2012, 1:09
  79. It sounds like the sort of grubby thing the Libs would do.
    But lets find the proof!

    Posted by What the ? | April 25, 2012, 7:42
  80. And who’s paying Ashby’s very expensive legal bills ???

    Posted by Wake Up | April 25, 2012, 13:27
  81. the same sewer rats paying for Kathy Jackson

    Posted by awoken | April 25, 2012, 13:42
  82. The Liberals looked like a shoe in for the next federal election I said recently to some friends unless they start fighting amongst themselves. Well, well look whats happening.

    I am still waiting for Danby’s anti F1-GP leaflet too that is meant to be being distributed to Melbourne Ports electorate. Perhaps he has run out of helpers?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 16:01
  83. Arrived in the mail on Monday Adrian – Aussie post, not leaflet drop. I suspect your name was removed from his distribution list a long long time ago

    Posted by St Kilda Liberal | April 25, 2012, 17:41
  84. If Peter Slipper loses his job as Speaker on allegations, why hasnt Casey Council CEO Steven Tyler lost his ?

    Posted by Double Standards | April 25, 2012, 17:57
  85. What could better illustrate the corruption that has taken over both sides of politics than this sorry saga? There is not a single member of Parliament from the ALP or Libs who has not turned a blind eye to systemic corruption from their colleagues for the sake of their career.
    It is like the police and other public servants who turn a blind eye to the corruption in their brotherhood. They are just as bad , if not worse, as those directly involved in the corruption.
    Propagandists like Andrew Landeryou are defending the indefensible, and by doing so are showing themselves to be just as corrupt as the grubby defendents themselves.

    Posted by chris | April 25, 2012, 18:34
  86. St Kilda Liberal – A friend said yesterday he got the Danby anti- F1-GP leaflet. He said he thought it was defamatory before ripping it up and binning it. What did you think of the ALP maggots leaflet?

    Check out my 3 replies in the Melbourne Weekly Port Phillip on-line.

    I had a solution to the school land problem in the inner suburbs in the Port Phillip leader (print copy)too – use some of the park land for new schools while the Greens and the local state ALP maggot only complained.

    What a wonderful community activist I am. Get active.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 18:41
  87. Just opened my mail to find the GP petition from Michael Danby.
    What is the petition he wants me to sign? Well, it is about GOVERNMENT WASTE. Except Michael is concerned about the Victorian Government spending money on the Grand Prix.
    Cheeky prick!
    Do these clowns have no shame?
    The ‘rivers of crap’ wasted on Pink Batts, school halls, green follies and then attempting to recover the losses by gouging us through carbon taxes, removal of medical insurance rebates, mining taxes, threats of superannuation tax increases, flood levies …. And so on.
    I have returned Mr Danby’s petition with some free advice to get back to Canberra and direct his angst about ‘government waste’ to Gillard and Swan. I have also let him have it about what I think of Slippery Pete.
    His cynical ‘look over there’ petition has prompted me to download an LNP membership form and made me determine to actively engage in unseating him and his lying unprincipled mates come the next election.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 25, 2012, 19:32
  88. Toad of Toad Hall – 100% agreement about Danby.

    In Victoria there is no NLP (Qld).

    There are many unconstitutional (<20 members) Liberals branches in Melbourne Ports but no National branches (last time I checked) as they are in rural areas (it's still really a country party in Victoria).

    Danby was one of two ALP MP's that "dragged" Slipper to the speakers chair.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 19:50
  89. Sehr geehrter Herr Jackson.
    Es tut mir leid, wenn meine Streifzüge in fremden Zungen der Ruhe bringen, aber ich bin mir sicher, wir können vereinbaren, dass bestimmte Probleme (wie rutschig Peter und seine Ziegen) müssen … wie sagt man …. eine endgültige Lösung.

    Posted by Toad of Adler Horst | April 25, 2012, 20:42
  90. Marilyn,

    I hate to break it to you and all those squealing “presumption of innocence”.
    Refer S351 and S361 of Julia’s own FWA which contains ‘adverse burden of proof’ provisions (and there is no requirement to undergo mediation).
    That is, it is up to the employer (the Commonwealth and it’s agent Slippery in this case) to disprove Ashby’s claims.
    This section of the FWA, carefully crafted under the auspices of Juliar, with the intention of shafting small business owners (without recourse) on the word of some disaffected indolent Gen Y gouger looking to finance their next overseas trip with a wrongful dismissal payout.
    Delicious rebounding irony if this was used to (ahem) shaft Slippery Pete!!

    Posted by Toad of Adler Horst | April 25, 2012, 20:50
  91. Toad of Adler Horst – a relative was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria (Bayreuth actually – Wagner and all that). Interesting to see the old language from the Fatherland here on Vexnews

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 21:05
  92. Dear Editor,
    Instead of looking for conspiracies in the Coalition, why not follow this line of enquiry. Colleagues in BrisVegas tell me that a very smug Slippery has been bragging around town since Christmas (discretion is not his strong suit) that he is bullet-proof, intimating that he has a written agreement with Gillard.
    It could be all bullshit concocted by Slippery but it would tally with Gillard’s rather muted (even supportive response) and also with Roxon’s fluffy response on legal fees.
    I would like to have a quiet fiver on Slippery having gained some sort of indemnity that Gillard would fund a defence if the dirty Tories tried to besmirch Slippery if he defected.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 25, 2012, 21:05
  93. Ich freue mich, Ihnen eine kleine Erinnerung an das Vaterland Herr Jackson

    Posted by Toad of Adler Horst | April 25, 2012, 21:09
  94. There is probably a decent chance of Danby losing his seat at the next election. Problem is that Victoria is so full of lefties it’s now beyond funny. How did this place ever attract so many “progressives”?

    There is a lot Victorians can and should learn from us Queenslanders!

    Posted by RT | April 25, 2012, 22:00
  95. Danby is sitting on 7%.
    On current polling he will be one of a battalion of ALP back-benchers shitting themselves as they try to figure out if the parliamentary pension will pay for all the basics after 2013 [deleted]

    Posted by Toad of Adler Horst | April 25, 2012, 22:06
  96. So Mr Toad if someone accuses you of child molesting, the police can just save everyone the expense of bothering to make sure it’s true and chuck you in the slammer until you die?

    Liealot’s manufactured outrage is laughable. Where was Liealot’s outrage in 2003 when there was a similar complaint about Slipper? Liealot was a senior minister in the Howard government then.

    A similar complaint was made in 2010 on Liealot’s watch as LOTO. What happened? Didn’t he take his outrage pill? Oh wait……Slipper was a Liars Party MP then.

    Apparently there is a law which states that if a member of the Liars party is accused of anything sleazy, it doesn’t count.

    I suppose that’s why Vampirella Slagabella is still waddling around the Parliament.

    Locking alzheimer’s sufferers up in a potting shed until they sign over their estate is just a high spirited prank, I suppose.

    Then there’s the shoplifter and GBH Senator filling her pockets sitting on Senate committees.

    And let’s not forget good old Phone Card who helped himself to $50k of taxpayers hard earned while bandying his government phone card around to all and sundry.

    And to add salt to the wound was handed a $250k tax free “job” after he finally decided to pull the pin.

    And let’s not forget that the Liars preselected Slipper nine times even though he’s guilty of so many heinous crimes, well known to Liealot and the rest of the Shadow front bench.

    But I forgot, it doesn’t count if you’re in the Liars Party; for some reason they are the only people in the country who are given the presumption of innocence.

    Posted by jane | April 25, 2012, 22:31
  97. Jane, Slipper has to go by any means – fair, or foul. This country is in such pain thanks to Labor that it would be morally wrong to consider any alternative option. Every single day Labor remains in power adds to not just the bankruptcies and the sense of hopelessness, but the divorces and suicides too. The misery they have intentionally wrought on Australia can’t be measured by dry statistics alone.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 25, 2012, 23:25
  98. Jane is NOT a rabid ideologue for anyone wondering…

    Posted by lol | April 26, 2012, 10:24
  99. jane … please leave the foreign language postings to me (oh … and pop down to the GP and get him/her to check if you’ve got the medication right)
    The foreign language postings are a private joke between myself and Adrian (and a few others).
    Plesae don’t join in posting unintelligible foreign gibberish here … I thought of it first.

    Reading it again I can deduce some references to “Liealot” and “Liars Party”.

    I’ll take that as a comment on “there will be no Carbon Tax under a Government I lead”.

    Cheerio and don’t take too many of the yellow tablets.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 26, 2012, 10:34
  100. I too hired young males on looks rather than ability. Maybe we can swap stories Pete?

    Posted by Cr.Craig | April 26, 2012, 15:05
  101. You know this just stinks to high heaven. If there were texts to Ashby has he kept them. Is there any proof of this harassment. I really hope this isn’t a put up by the liberal party but it seems they wanted to get rid of him since he got the job. There should be more transparency regarding these allegations. Grubby grubby politics

    Posted by Andrew Quinn | April 27, 2012, 8:23
  102. a few days after the original story on Slipper, there was a cabbie story in the sunshine coast news of supposed other dodgy cab vouchers. The cabbie gave a specfic date. Well another blog site checked the Dept of Finance records, and guess what it didn’t exist. I wonder why the newspaper and journalist didn’t check out the veracity of the story?
    sunshine coast news is probably read by slipper and…..

    Posted by Sue | April 27, 2012, 11:41
  103. You know what.
    If Slipper goes back in the chair it will guarantee a landslide for Abbott.
    The three most pictured heads on the evening news grabs are the PM, Leader of the Opposition and Slippery Pete.
    Everytime his head pops up on TV a majority of voters will recall a subliminal mental note along the lines “lying, thieving, staff-boy fondling grub”

    The odd interjection of “Taxi!!!” from the opposition benches will help remind them as Slippery will no doubt eject the interjector and the news outlets will report why.

    This is beautiful in all it’s ugliness!!

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 27, 2012, 13:28
  104. There is always the chance pete could cast back a few of those first thrown stones.

    Posted by Sue | April 27, 2012, 13:51
  105. Nup.
    I’s official.
    Slippery’s fucked.

    Posted by Toad of Adler Horst | April 28, 2012, 12:33
  106. St Kilda Liberal – Whats wrong with Danby anti F1-GP petition which will make it invalid when it is tabled in Parliament? I just checked it online. God Danby is often a dill when it comes to information distributed to voters.

    I rang his office on Friday to get the petition as it had not arrived in the mail and a old women who sounded like Borats mother answered the phone. Not much English and a very confusing conversation. Perhap Danby puts new Australians on the phone to discourage inwards phone calls from voters.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 28, 2012, 19:37
  107. RT – yes but the Queenslanders and New South Welshmen (persons) until recently stuck with the ALP for far to long so they can’t be that smart.

    Victorians change government every 7 to 10 years which cleans out the seat warmer MP and makes sure most dont think that being an MP is a long term career.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 28, 2012, 19:43
  108. I am not arguing about the legality of Danby sponsoring and submitting a petition about anything.
    But he is a rolled-gol five-star Olympic A-qualifying standard dickhead to send a petition out with the words “government waste” scrawled on it.
    Just reminds everyone of Pink Batts (complete with three fried installers), BER cash pissed up against the wall, NBN which is basically jobs for the (union) boys, green schemes x 15, grocery watch, fuel watch etc etc etc …. not to mention those two grubs (Slippery and the brothel-creeper)

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 29, 2012, 15:31
  109. Uodate II – Thomson now on longer leash on cross-bench.
    How long before he realises his career in the ALP is over …. for ever over. Might be interesting to see how he reacts.

    Better get that Jobs-Incubator money re-activated for his electorate.

    You’re gonna need it Craigy boy!!

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 29, 2012, 15:34
  110. Danby’s petition mailed out to his constituents and against the F1-GP is formatted incorrectly. It has a space for the signers name and signature alright but no space for the residential address. In its place there is a space for an email address which is optional.

    Thousand spent of printing and distribution for nothing and its against a ALP (and Liberal) policy to support the F1-GP in Albert Park Reserve.

    Also how come Borats mother (no English) was answered your office phone on Friday last when I rang to get a copy of the petition to read?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 29, 2012, 21:09
  111. With Abbotts new found, newly dug up hatred of unions he will legislate to fine and imprison union officials found doing something wrong? We already have those laws, you stupid git. I hope the ACTU places a ban on Abbott visiting any more workplaces and talking down the achievements of this government. If the bosses insists he visits any more factories, the workers could always just stand up and turn their backs on him.

    Posted by fran | April 30, 2012, 15:46
  112. ***I hope the ACTU places a ban on Abbott visiting any more workplaces***

    Typical.

    Scratch a unionist, smell a fascist.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 30, 2012, 19:05
  113. The liars club are not so innocent, should Abbott stand down, he is being sued by a member of the CFMEU, John Setka for slander. Should the waddling Mirabella be stood down, she is being sued by the family of the law professor Colin Howard, for taking all his money from him? Did the stealing dancing Senator Mary Jo stand down when she was charged with stealing and assault? Will the Coalition whip stand down while he is being investigated by ASIC? What were you saying about fascists Byron? Why is there one rule for the coalition, and another rule for the Govt? The Libs have never won one single federal election on their own, always had the CP cum Nationals to keep them in parliament.

    Posted by fran | May 1, 2012, 2:27
  114. Fran – good comments

    Posted by Barry | May 1, 2012, 20:38
  115. Did Andrew Laming stand down when he was being investigated, Malcolm Turnbull when he was under investigation, Peter Reith, Michael, Wooldridge, Warren Entsch is under investigation by ASIC, is he standing down?

    Posted by fran | May 2, 2012, 12:15
  116. Just gotta love the accusers, Howard lost 7 ministers in his first term, through all kinds of dastardly deeds, frauds, vested interests not declared, etc. The present Labor govt have two people in parliament under investigation. One for alleged fraud or whatever, using his union supplied credit card for unseemly acts, all committed well before his election. The other so called crime, harassing a staff member, and travel fraud, but this person is not even a member of the ALP?
    Take into account Peter Reith, Michael Wooldridge, Andrew Laming, Malcolm Turnbull, Mary Jo Fisher, Peter Slipper (2003 – 2011), Sophie Mirabella, Tony Abbott, Warren Entsch all have been or are being investigated, or sued by various
    parties, did any of them stand down. John Howard committed Australian troops to two illegal invasions, assisted his brother with a million dollar handout because his brother was a most inept manager. Malcolm Turnbull handed $10 million to some hare brained cloud seeding company when they only requested $1 million. AWB scandal, children overboard, his 35 lies, his lies about Saddam using a human mincing machine on the Kurds. All his broken promises – but they were not real promises. To think this government is so bad, I would urge people to read “Trading Economics”, to see just how bad we are doing.

    Posted by fran | May 4, 2012, 9:17
  117. At last, Pyne has conceded after many many denials that yes he did send a couple of emails to James Ashby. If he forgot that Slipper was still busy in the House, why wasn’t the minister for govt business in the House too, instead of skulking around the corridors of parliament, stalking on Slippers’ staff. Ashby was offered the Slipper job three times and refused the job, until Slipper resigned from the LNP. Getting awfully embarrassed by the LNP now, even Abbott is starting to have a little quiver in his voice.

    Posted by fran | May 4, 2012, 12:56
  118. Toad of Toad Hall, have you no sense of shame you spineless ignoramus. Quoting 3 fried installers is about as low as one can go. Shame idiot boy, shame.

    Posted by fran | May 4, 2012, 12:58
  119. +++at last, Pyne has conceded after many many denials***

    Where are the ‘many many denials’, Janey? I mean, Fran.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 4, 2012, 13:20
  120. ***did Andrew Laming stand down when he was being investigated***

    Good question, JIMF!* Hey, thinking about when William Peacock resigned from the SA parliament just before it was prorogued, in 1869. What do you think the REAL STORY is, behind that one?

    *Janey, I mean Fran

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 4, 2012, 13:29

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