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BRISBANE BUZZES: Was James Ashby paid $50,000 to make his sexual harassment complaint against Slipper?

Ashby450Speaker Peter Slipper’s sex harassment accuser James Ashby could be in sorts of legal trouble if rumours wildly circulating Brisbane about him receiving an undisclosed $50,000 payment to bring his Federal Court case are true.

Some even claim that a well-known Slipper nemesis on the Sunshine Coast arranged the payment. We’re not yet willing to name the person but he is a senior political figure.

Ashby, said to have been a troubled lad by those who knew him well at Caloundra High School, is widely understood in political circles to have been paid to make the claims he has made.

The most grave of Ashby’s claims, that Slipper handed over blank Cabcharge dockets to limousine drivers on particular dates for unspecified reasons, appear to have already been proven to be not correct, with most conceding a hand-writing match between the Speaker and the dockets. There’s a general vibe-of-the-thing complaint about Slipper’s spending on travel but he is apparently by no means Club Fed’s biggest or free-est spender. Their sense of entitlement is as unlimited as the entitlements are, it seems. The ones living furthest from the airport run up the biggest bills, we are told.

The sexual harassment claims are to be resolved by the Federal Court and will largely rest on the credibility of the accuser. If Ashby has received payment, a payment said to be in addition to the promise of assistance with all legal bills, this would inevitably come up in the hearing. If he lies about it, and there’s evidence of it that supports the rumours buzzing around Brisbane, then he’ll be guilty of perjury and in serious bother.

While we’re not expecting a response, we will be asking the national Chairman of Harmers law firm, Michael Harmer, who is personally handling Ashby’s litigation, whether Ashby is personally paying for the case and whether he is charging his normal charge-out rate of $600 per hour. It seems highly unlikely Ashby could afford him.

VEXNEWS is closely examining the life and times of James Ashby and we’re not liking what we hear. A trusted political insider, with no fondness for Labor, told us from the start “There’s something NQR (not quite right) about this whole thing.” We’re inclined to agree.

The Coalition, on the verge of a famous victory next year (if not sooner) needs to be very careful about its association with James Ashby, who apparently is a paid-up member of the LNP. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

Discussion

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  1. Correction: It has been reported elsewhere that Ashby resigned from the LNP shortly before bringing his claim in the Federal Court. Just so it didn’t look too obvious I guess.

    Posted by A Nonny Mouse | April 30, 2012, 11:17
  2. So why do these rumours not appear in The Daily Telegraph’s reporting ?

    Posted by Dave of Burwood | April 30, 2012, 11:18
  3. How odd. And Ashby also has a professional publicist doing media footwork for him too, (check it out on Twiter) although it seems his job is to keep Ashby away from the media…hmmm

    Posted by Alwaysgrumpy | April 30, 2012, 11:42
  4. Always follow the money

    Posted by doug | April 30, 2012, 11:49
  5. If true this scandal will reduce the coalitions TPP vote at the next election from 79% to 68%.

    Posted by JJ | April 30, 2012, 11:55
  6. If YOU are not prepared to name someone, there must be very little truth in the rumour!

    Posted by Devi8ed Septum | April 30, 2012, 11:57
  7. i understand that a number of LNP MPs from Queensland are trying to distance themselves from this issue – but not all will succeed

    Posted by the Insider | April 30, 2012, 12:30
  8. Let`s just see how quickly the Coalition press gallery, sorry, Australian media, pick this information up??

    Posted by Robert | April 30, 2012, 12:39
  9. No fan of the slippery one, but this story has such a ring of truth about it. All seems as slick and slippery as Pete himself. Not sure he totally out the woods on his cabcharges though.

    Posted by Reggie | April 30, 2012, 12:47
  10. all of this is unbelivable.Someone makes an accusation against a member of parliament and that member is expected to stand aside (according to Abbott)regardless of the fact that he has not even been charged let alone convicted.If we take this to its ultimate conclusion we could have a number of people making frivulus complains, members would have to stand aside and not vote!
    Any government regardless of its majority could be brought down.Come on lets get real!

    Posted by LEN PAGGI | April 30, 2012, 13:24
  11. Since when does the Coalition need $50,000, Ashby, or even Slipper, to bring this government down?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 30, 2012, 13:32
  12. Devibed septum: No, its called “Not engaging in defamation”. Vexnews is admitedly pushing close to the blade on this one already, so I supect they dont want to push it TOO hard until more proof arises.

    Perhaps its nonsense. Perhaps its not. But a reported will follow the leads and I’m sure we’ll hear more, here or elsewhere if it is.

    Posted by Shayne O | April 30, 2012, 13:52
  13. 3 times Tony abbott refused to answer if he had asked his colleagues about the $50000 to ashby. he blames the govt for the rumours but called for the evidence to be produced.

    Posted by Sue | April 30, 2012, 13:58
  14. If Abbott has such a good nose for stench, why then can’t he smell this one? Mmm, interesting Mr Abbott.

    Posted by Gracie | April 30, 2012, 14:15
  15. The Labor party has the most to lose from Ashby’s claims. I would be looking there.
    Ashby quit the LNP when he joined Slipper. Slipper had already gone.
    So exactly what does the LNP gain? Zero.
    Media and party members have been asking for the government to investigate Slipper’s spending for at least three years.
    Nothing to gain by the current Ashby revelations.

    Posted by Paul | April 30, 2012, 14:24
  16. If there was a genuine will to report fairly the full media jack russells would run with this and if true, a rat would come flying out before close of day. But I guess we can never have that type of media again, until after an inquiry and that is the main problem

    Posted by Jim | April 30, 2012, 14:27
  17. And yet the ALP is still GORN…..

    Posted by Lolster | April 30, 2012, 14:53
  18. And that’s why Gillard has ‘done the right thing’ – because she knows how this is going to end. Possible.

    Posted by Zaf | April 30, 2012, 15:17
  19. So big bad Palmer has hit the headlines to fend off the rumours about Ashby and his $50,000 payoff. This is what he did to distract the voters a la Cando. I am having trouble finding anyone who will admit to voting for Cando these days,’oh yeah but when I got to the polling booth, I changed my mind’. Look how popular O’Farrell, Barnett and Bailleiu are in NSW WA and Vic.

    Posted by fran | April 30, 2012, 15:31
  20. legally the party who would be in trouble is the liberal party and Abbott would have to take responsibility

    Despite the claims of the murdoch news ltd and pro coalition media

    If Slipper is found guilty of any civil or criminal action

    Abbott must go with him

    Posted by Joe. H | April 30, 2012, 15:35
  21. oh fran.

    Posted by lol | April 30, 2012, 16:06
  22. If you live in CBR and have had any contact with the Press Gallery or Fed pollies, you know that they are pretty pally. There isn’t a great divide between them. The PG journos know who’s having an affair with who, who drinks too much, who’s best mates with someone from the “other side”, who likes to visit prostitutes, etc. There’s a longstanding, unspoken “gentlemen’s agreement” that those issues (except the best mates one) are off limits.

    They would have known about Slipper from at least 9yrs ago when the video surfaced. I’m very surprised that Ashby’s complaints could make it to the Fed Court without it rating a mention before now. He would have been employed under the APS Act, and there’s a myriad of legislation proscribing how such complaints are to be dealt with. A little FoI would have neatly bypassed the gentlemen’s agreement and given someone a hell of a scoop. So why didn’t they? The whole thing reeks.

    And FWIW, this isn’t a Labor party issue as much as some would love it to be. He’s still the LNP’s man, and his continued presence despite his questionable approach to hiring and unprofessional “activities” with his own staff should have been dealt with yrs ago by them.

    Posted by Kev | April 30, 2012, 18:41
  23. What a crock of shit!!
    Spoke to my contacts in the LNP in BrisVegas last week and they gave me the heads up on this one.
    They were chortling about it in that, the source of this rumour is none other than Slippery himself.
    His ever decreasing band of supporters has been putting it about to anyone who will listen (also a limited pool these days). This was part of Slippery’s almost sad campaign of appointing himself judge and jury and (surprise, surprise) finding himself not guilty yer ‘onner.
    Anyone who has followed Queensland politics closely can take a reasonable stab at who you are referring to as the alleged funder of Ashby.
    My advice – tread warily or put your assets in a relative’s name quick smart.

    Whilst on the subject of the Cabcharge fraud what is going to pop very soon is a stat dec from a person employed by a ‘voucher broker’ (an organisation which cashes in vouchers for drivers) that several Slippery’s vouchers carry the hand-writing of one of his drivers.
    Plod in Brisbane (and presumably elsewhere) is putting extreme pressure on – offering indemnity to anyone who will lag Slippery – and word is they have got plenty of takers.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 30, 2012, 21:38
  24. Reading the posts here Ashby’s crimes are as follows:-
    1. He has engaged a PR firm (that would make all clients of awker Britton crooks – although some certainly are).
    2. Someone has offered to stump up for Ashby’s legals (So What? Ms Gillard’s former firm of ambulance chasers are great proponents of “no win – no fee”).
    3. Ashby doesn’t want to talk to the media (Wow!! can anyone tell me how many pressers the (alleged) brothel-creeper Thomson has done in the last three years)

    Oh … and Kev … you can bleat all you like that Slippery is a Coalition problem, but everytime his head appears on TV the viewers think “crook, lecher ….. Gillard’s fuck-up”.

    And one more thing I can tell you for free. Whilst all here care very little what consenting chaps get up to together there remains a significant minority of traditional labour supporters who have very firm views about appendages and orifices and will NOT be impressed.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 30, 2012, 22:16
  25. The biggest loser in all this ….. is undoubtedly Slippery’s dress-maker.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | April 30, 2012, 22:17
  26. Accusations of bribery have been made concerning Abbott’s minions.

    Abbot should now stand aside until he is proven innocent.

    After all, accusations are enough for Slipper to stand down from his job so why shouldnt Abbott?

    Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2012, 22:19
  27. @ toad of toad hall – should the libs be concerned about pissy cryne then

    didnt a senior fed lib get a court injunction preventing media from commenting on an illicit gay love tryst a couple of years back?????

    Posted by slickwilly | April 30, 2012, 23:19
  28. I saw Peter Reith on ABC Q & A 30/4 blamed Gillard for The Slipper claims.

    News for you Peter Reith, Peter was a former Liberal Member, The Liberals put him up for The Speakers Position and then dumped him when he became speaker.

    Posted by Sack Senator Fisher NOW!!! | April 30, 2012, 23:50
  29. Peter Reith is a sad piece of humanity, blaming the PM? Next thing he will be telling everyone that the PM was the driver in question.

    Truly bizarre, Slipper was defended by the LOTO and the former PM, they looked after him for nine long years.

    He was the Deputy Speaker, so it is a natural progression from Deputy Speaker to Speaker!

    Posted by fran | May 1, 2012, 2:43
  30. It wouldnt suprise me if James did get the money, from going bankrupt in Townsville business to then the Newcastle report and legal troubles he has had….jumping ship and then being able to buy a new VW Eco Golf – It is just typical James and lets hope the proof he has will stand up in court. No one deserves harassment in a workplace….Oh did I mention to you he has now got a light plane…..amazing what money he does have – maybe it wasnt cash but assets???

    Posted by Not Sure Whats Real | May 1, 2012, 9:01
  31. Slickwilly.
    No problem.
    Lib votes tend to be an urbane, sophisticated and tolerant lot.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 10:02
  32. Update.
    LNP helpers had plenty laugh about Saturday, with the rout at the Brisbane CC elections.
    The biggest joke around the booths was this story being hawked by Slippery and his mates about the alleged pay-off to Ashby.
    It started early last week with the accusation being a payout of $5,000. When the rumour failed to gain any real traction (not even Fairfax or the ABC will touch it), the purveyors of said rumour kept upping the amount to try to give the story more oomph.
    One wag noted that you could tell it came from Slippery because the amount kept increasing by multiples of $328.74.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 10:12
  33. what about broughs meeting with ashby two and a half weeks ago??????

    Posted by toad of toad hall aka lnp hack | May 1, 2012, 10:29
  34. Surely toad of toad hall aka lnp hack, you aren’t suggesting Brough and LNP want Slippers seat? But they were quite happy and content with him for 20 years?

    Posted by fran | May 1, 2012, 11:58
  35. Evidence?
    Or just wishful thinking?

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 12:22
  36. Do you think Julia was a bit hasty giving Slippery the arse (pun intended) then?

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 12:26
  37. All this huffing and puffing! What will TOTH do when Tony Abbot’s adultery with his (married) chief of staff comes out?

    Posted by Zaf | May 1, 2012, 13:09
  38. Is my pseudonym so obvious?

    What will the media say?

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Barnaby Joyce | May 1, 2012, 13:34
  39. Fran – look at you speaking about hacks….is there anyone in the ALP who isn’t a hack? When has the ALP last run a candidate at any level of govt who was not a union official, electorate officer for an MP, a union lawyer or (rarely) an academic.

    Say what you want about the Liberal Party & the LNP, at least you look at the CVs of their MPs and there is a bit of diversity – business owners, bankers, lawyers, accountants, doctors, nurses, etc.

    After the 1996 loss, everyone thought the ALP would introduce some real internal reforms to shed the union influence and get some real people into seats. BIG FAIL. Will they do so after the next Federal election flogging? Very unlikely!

    Posted by RT | May 1, 2012, 13:50
  40. A vote for Abbott is a vote for an increase in the GST.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Barnaby Joyce | May 1, 2012, 14:40
  41. Ooohhh.
    The bitterness and vitriol is something to behold!

    To quote the lying slag from Altona ….. “SCOREBOARD!!”
    It reads 59:41 at the moment.

    What a beautiful set of numbers!!

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 15:02
  42. Abbott would be more worried about the number 69.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Barnaby Joyce | May 1, 2012, 15:14
  43. @ RT…I’m sure the ALP would make the argument that union officials who see their members everyday at work are far more in touch with the community than lawyers, business owners and bankers, accountants.

    Same shit different smell.

    Posted by Tom | May 1, 2012, 15:58
  44. Posted by the Insider | May 1, 2012, 16:05
  45. Abbotts plan to pay for his parental leave,etc.
    GST to 12.75% after all states and the new senate,post Abbott’s double dissolution.
    15% after the following election.
    Pencil it in(with permanent ink!)
    Set in stone.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Barnaby Joyce | May 1, 2012, 16:09
  46. Fairfax is reporting that Christopher Pyne had drinks with Ashby in the weeks prior to the Slipper bombshell.

    This is starting to smell a lot like Godwin grech affair.

    Someone needs to ask Steve lewis a few questions.

    And why is Pyne using the exact same wording – “no SPECIFIC knowledge” as Abbott in his denials of early knowledge ?

    Posted by Dave of Burwood | May 1, 2012, 16:23
  47. Now news has leaked that Pyne wined Ashby shortly before the allegations were made, we may finally be getting to the bottom of this.

    Posted by Rudi | May 1, 2012, 16:26
  48. All bullshit to one side, Jooles knew about slippery when she appointed him and did it being “too smart” as usual. Result, it blew up in her face and she looks even more stupid for trying to be so sleazey. When michelle gratton goes after jooles, that’s the sign even labor journos have had enough.

    Posted by cynic | May 1, 2012, 16:36
  49. love the pun @Rudi

    Posted by the Insider | May 1, 2012, 16:40
  50. Pyne and Abbott are up to their guts in this plot.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Barnaby Joyce | May 1, 2012, 16:43
  51. Rabbott hasnt come out to demand the head of his party member in mexico- mayor of the city of Unley Lachlan Clyne, currently before the courts (not mere allegations) regarding fraud charges.

    Now I might not care as much because we’re talking local government, and not of the brisvegas variety, but how is this snivling bald cunt have the right to continue in his role when the liberal party apply a different standard to poor old Pete.

    Now we see Pyne has been sniffing around the speakers staff..his must be in some serious plaster casts if he has to resort to the speakers trough for some grub.

    Posted by Sotherby | May 1, 2012, 16:56
  52. Lovely to see the Labor Luvvies showing some respect for history by re-enacting the sinking of the Titanic on the centenary …. complete with the jettisoning of cads, bounders and brothel-creepers over the rail only to find the ship is still taking water.
    Cap’n Julia has departed slightly from the script and is doing a fair imitation of Cap’n Schettino earlier this year, by ensuring she is issuing instructions from the life-boat.
    The bleating from those about to be plunged into the icy Atlantic becomes louder – even avowed atheists find god as the water laps their ankles ….. “THROW THIS FUCKING CARBON TAX OVERBOARD” they cry.
    Cap’n Julia finally gives the order to jettison the dead-weight of the carbon tax but all too late ….. gurgle, gurgle, gurgle

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 16:59
  53. Lets see Pyne being held up to the same high standards of presumed guilty by accusation or association, or whistleblowing…whatever new standards Abbott makes up as he goes along as the new moral yardstick for Australian politics. I hope Slipper hangs in there till the very end because this one stinks high

    Posted by dine, wined and pyned | May 1, 2012, 17:15
  54. Loose lips sink ships. What about loose hips? The sinking of the titanic was a surprise, well Clive has launched titantic 2. Its sinking will come soon. Pyne is only the top of the iceberg.

    Posted by Rudi | May 1, 2012, 17:52
  55. If Ashby alleges that he witnessed what he believed to be blank cabcharges being handed over to a driver, and he didn’t report this to the police or govt finance dept at the time, surely then he is guilty of an offence (failing to report a crime) regardless of whether or not Slipper has committed any offence in regard to the cabcharges.

    Posted by Nev | May 1, 2012, 18:30
  56. Whilst we are on the subject of Queensland scandals there is one very, very dirty episode which has remained buried for a long time.
    I suspect that if things get grubby (and particularly if KRudd re-takes Bogan-ville), the newly minted LNP Government may well launch an enquiry (possibly even of Royal Commission status).

    Interested?
    Type “Heiner, Rudd, Swan, Beattie, shredder” into your internet browser

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 18:37
  57. Time for the FWA report to hit the decks methinks.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 18:43
  58. The next caucus meeting is going to resemble the Rev Jim Jones last cordial party in Guyana.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 18:45
  59. Just goes to show Slipper is not as bad as many believe. This bloke Ashby has, from all reports, defamed slipper and slipper should bring defamation proceedings against him for some millions of dollars. The DPP will bring perjury charges if story is correct and probably jail time will ensue. ashby may enjoy that incarceration…. Also understand Slipper is by no means the biggest user of travel ENTITLEMENTS. Why won’t Abbot answer the question . Lot of egg on lots of faces in LNP and Media, particularly the sunshine coast daily

    Posted by Barry | May 1, 2012, 19:06
  60. TOTH,
    will be interested to see how involved Messers brough and somalay are in the seedy events culminating in the public floggin’ of Slippery Pete. My sources in LNP say lots of MP’s have attended the Army Disposal Store and purchased Camoflage jackets, helmets and trench shovels (to dig a hole with)- time will tell

    Posted by Barry | May 1, 2012, 19:16
  61. @Zaf I’ve heard about the PC/TA affair also – common knowledge in Canberra circles. Why isn’t the Mad Monk – who professes to have such strong “family values” being crucified for this in the press????

    Posted by Bad Abbotts Die Hard | May 1, 2012, 19:43
  62. I wasn’t doing anything honest Tony. I just wanted Ashby to rebore my back passage!!!!! He is sooooo cute.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | May 1, 2012, 19:54
  63. Chris, i mean Pissy,I understand – you’re a good obedient chap – tony

    Posted by Barry | May 1, 2012, 20:42
  64. Apart from banning abortion,enshrining permanent protection for Catholic paedophiles, raising the GST,(twice) and making our troops stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes, I think Abbott may be good for our Southern Baptist Utopia.

    A pity the mincing teapot/poodle hybrid(Pyne) won’t be joining him on the ride.Nor will Abetz.

    Slipper is Grech 2, only I think Pete may have already stashed his ‘envelope in case something happens to me’.
    Whereas Godwin suddenly got sick???
    I wonder if the illness involved cash-fever, he caught from a fat man?

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall aka Glen Milne | May 1, 2012, 20:51
  65. Wow … the death throes are not pretty are they?
    I can almost see the foamy flecks of spittle on the screen as you bang out the vitriol.
    “Tony is a dirty Catholic” (religious vilification anyone)
    “Chris Pyne is poofter” (my lefty cary-shary tolerance just evaporated)
    “tory plot ….. hate meeja ….. grassy knoll”

    Listen to yourselves ….. defending that grub Slippery Pete of all people.
    How low can you go???

    The bitterness leeching from every pore as we watch Labor implode is just delicious.

    Pip pip … carry on chaps

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 21:39
  66. Will Jules pass go on the 24th June (two years in office).

    Centrebet says …… nup

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 21:41
  67. I know not what she said but will agree with her to the death.

    PS I’m PM material you know.
    Mummy said.

    Posted by Little Billy Short'un Voltaire | May 1, 2012, 21:43
  68. Oh Toady old chap,
    I believe YOU are the one pointing out the high level of closet gay hypocrites,(Anal Jones would love you snookems!) liars,frauds and pseudo human religious zealots dwelling in the coalition ‘ranks’.You do that ad nauseum by defending them and their behaviour.
    You threw the juice AND the match.
    The forthcoming Slipper political implosion will cause more collateral damage than even a minuscule troll like yourself can imagine,even with his flaccid member tightly clenched , for good effect and limited blood flow.

    You have a long way to go to match Morrison or Abetz.
    Standing upright would be a good start.

    Pick a fight you can win.
    There’s sure to be a suitable creche round your neck of the woods.
    Pip pip, as you were Toady,
    (On all fours, covered in lard with an orange in ya gob)

    Posted by Toad of Toad Halls Felching Partner | May 1, 2012, 21:52
  69. Oh dear … we are whipping ourselves into a frenzy.

    I am starting to see what it must have been like in ze bunker circa 1945.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 22:08
  70. The Swan has become a goose.
    There have been a lot of references to Grech here.
    There were many lessons out of that one, among them that Turnbull over-reached big-time in pursuing Rudd and, as we know, it imploded big-time. Now there are those who still believe (with some justification) that if the Member for Networth had concentrated on the ‘bird in the hand’ – the bird in this case being a Swan – he might have claimed a scalp.
    But once it blew up the ONLY smart thing Turnbull then did was drop it like a hot spud. Pursuing Swan (right or wrong) would simply serve to remind voters of the greater stuff-up.
    So why is Swan pursuing Pyne. He won’t find any smoking gun even if he can prove that Pyne spoke to Ashby. Gillard has effectively dumped Slippery due to ‘crossed clouds’ and ‘dark lines’ or whatever she said. So why is Swan intent on proving Gillard wrong and pulling scabs off the old wounds? The electorate will still think Slippery and the (alleged) brothel creeper are bent and s e Gillard as implicated.
    If this was the Hawke Government Richo would have Swan in his right now tearing him a new arsehole. Then again, if Swan was in the Hawke Government he would be Parliamentary Secretary for Public Service Stationery.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 1, 2012, 22:08
  71. Pissy count me in for a rebore as well. It will fondly remind me of my loitering in London, around a Gentlemen’s lavatory.

    Posted by Alan Jones | May 1, 2012, 22:12
  72. Listen to yourselves
    Listen to yourselves
    Listen to yourselves
    Really???

    Now look here, Toady!

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-01/pyne-pressured-over-contact-with-slipper-staffer/3983386

    Posted by StillaGregarian____ Toad | May 1, 2012, 22:15
  73. so Pyne comes and sees me and says “what lessons did you learn from the godwin Grech debacle”?

    What debacle? We roped Turnbull in and he shot his mouth off too soon. Steve Lewis did some nice work – can recommend him. What you got in mind?

    Well Tone is an albatross on our chances, according to our LNP bagman. Clive wants a change. Says he has got just the candidate – a CanDo clone apparently.

    Posted by Erica Betz | May 1, 2012, 22:42
  74. Pop Quiz

    Q1
    The Liberal Party and Tony Abbott consider the James Ashby affair to be :
    (A) A Pain in the arse
    (B) A Pyne in the arse
    (C) A pineapple in the arse
    (D) All of the above.

    Q2
    Does Ashby wear Slippers in bed?

    TBC…..

    Posted by StillaGregarian____ Toad | May 1, 2012, 23:17
  75. Treasurer Wayne Swan has challenged Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne to reveal the extent of his contact with the political aide who has made sexual harassment and fraud allegations against Speaker Peter Slipper.

    Mr Pyne, the Manager of Opposition Business, has confirmed he met Mr Slipper’s former staffer James Ashby three times.

    Fairfax newspapers are reporting the pair had drinks in the Speaker’s parliamentary office a month before the court documents were filed, and says after the meeting Mr Pyne called the Speaker’s office requesting Mr Ashby’s mobile phone number.

    The report claims Mr Pyne drank with Mr Ashby from about 9:30pm until after 11:00pm on March 19, and the paper quotes Mr Pyne as saying he was merely “passing the time of day”.

    But later today, Mr Pyne hit back – saying the Government is trying to create a fanciful “political conspiracy” about his contact with Mr Ashby – and says in his role as Manager of Opposition business he is in “regular contact” with the Speaker’s office.

    “In the course of my work as Manager of Opposition business, I have had cause to meet Mr James Ashby three times – twice in the Speaker’s office and once when he came to my office to collect wine being given to a former Coalition staffer as a farewell gift,” Mr Pyne said in a statement.

    “On no occasion did he raise the matters canvassed in the Federal Court action that have subsequently come to light with me.”

    Mr Pyne says he has had no telephone contact with Mr Ashby “at any time”.
    ‘Questions to answer’

    Treasurer Wayne Swan has challenged Mr Pyne to release his phone records to prove it.

    “Mr Pyne has many questions to answer,” the Treasurer said.

    “Did he phone Mr Ashby after he requested his telephone number? Is he prepared to provide his phone records and make those public if he hasn’t phoned Mr Ashby?

    “The same standard that is being applied to Mr Slipper ought to be applied to the opposition,” Mr Swan said.

    Mr Slipper has stood aside as Speaker until all the claims against him are resolved.

    On ABC1’s 7.30 last week, Mr Abbott said he was not aware of Mr Ashby receiving any assistance from the Coalition in preparing his court claim.

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that Mr Slipper had agreed not to return to the Speaker’s chair in the near future.

    Mr Slipper’s former staffer James Ashby has lodged the civil claim under the Fair Work Act against the Commonwealth and Mr Slipper, in which he alleges he was continually harassed by Mr Slipper since he began working for the Speaker in December last year.

    Mr Ashby says it is clear the Speaker only hired him to pursue a sexual relationship.

    Mr Slipper also faces separate criminal allegations that he misused Government Cabcharge vouchers, but he has released copies of the vouchers that he says vindicate him.

    Mr Slipper has consistently denied the allegations against him.

    Posted by Squashed Toad | May 1, 2012, 23:18
  76. I don’t know what she said but I support whatever the prime minister said, no matter how stupid, crazy, illogical or nonsensical it is.

    Now where do i sign to become a minister in this government?

    Posted by Froggie | May 1, 2012, 23:41
  77. “I don’t know what he said but I support whatever the prime minister said, no matter how stupid, crazy, illogical or nonsensical it is.

    Now where do i sign to become a minister in this government?”

    And that folks is how Howard got his lies across with his media mates on side.And how he led us to an illegal war.And how he made us a target in Bali.
    And how he anointed his wet spot liaison with Bronny Bishop, the Reverend Tony Abbott, to be his Health Minister and later his apprentice.

    Scary isn’t it, when the Labor Party mimic the experts in deceptive misery, and community destruction.

    No-one can do ‘auto fellatio’ better than the Liberals and their supporters.

    Posted by Froggie In Abbotts Throat | May 1, 2012, 23:50
  78. I dont know why, Julia has been doing a lot of good, that no Liberal would do for this Nation of ours, yet everything she touches turns to Shit. Bad karma mybe?

    Posted by Taliban fan | May 2, 2012, 0:37
  79. Gee the ABC is not following the Pyne story.
    Too busy chasing the bikie, (Murdochs handy hand-grenade distraction.)
    How convenient.

    They must think we are as dumb as they look.

    Posted by Froggie In Abbotts Throat | May 2, 2012, 1:06
  80. Reminded me of G. Grech and M. Turnbull, just another load of Coalition bull!

    Posted by Alison | May 2, 2012, 1:58
  81. My desire to contact young Ashby and follow up after our drinks had more to do with arousal than ging after slipper. After all, those in the closet have no interest in opening the door so that others can see in. If slippery KY Gel Pete is outed then so might I.

    Posted by Princess of the Parliament | May 2, 2012, 8:28
  82. Suppose it is all a bit like Cigar Billy Clinton and Monica. How did a small cuban affect his ability to do the job (as in presidency and not Monica). Slippery Pete has, from all accounts performed the job of Speaker in a very good manner dispensing “justice” from the chair without fear or favour (to both sides of the house). Arguably the best Speaker for many many years. It just seems a bit unfair that unsubstaniated claims, inuendo etc etc can derail a pollie, from either side.

    Posted by Barry | May 2, 2012, 8:42
  83. so Pyne did text and email Ashby according to the age, obviously for pyne that will be covered by a “not as far as i can remember”

    Posted by Sue | May 2, 2012, 9:26
  84. like to have been a fly on the wall (backs to the wall) for the meating, i mean meeting of Ashby and Chrisy. wonder what was dicussed and if they had a meeting of the minds Ha ha

    Posted by Barry | May 2, 2012, 9:39
  85. Posted by Sue | May 2, 2012, 9:49
  86. A second sitting ALP PM is about to get knifed and you are off chasing shadows.
    How about turning down the disgusting homophobia that is rampant in the comments.
    Wake up Vex News.

    Posted by Bill Calvin | May 2, 2012, 10:04
  87. One of the things that seems a bit odd is the mention of the Howard Govt in the civil claim. But perhaps it is to provide a bit of camouflage for the Liberal party’s involvement?

    Posted by Max | May 2, 2012, 10:12
  88. I hear the story that Milne got the arsde for is going to get another run in coming weeks if Julia is still in the chair.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 2, 2012, 10:58
  89. This is all just too funny.

    @ TOTH – you have *read* the Wind in the Willows, have you not? Gillard def a Stoat, but Toad…oh my, oh my….

    Posted by Zaf | May 2, 2012, 12:45
  90. Yesterday you apoligised for being a a tease while saying a new story about Ashby was in the works. Well where is it?

    Posted by Rudi | May 2, 2012, 12:54
  91. Standby …. Everybody’s favourite shop-steward Michael Williamson (allegedly) caught trying to remove documents during a raid on HSU officde this morning.

    Keep talking up Pyne and Ashby …. I think Williamson should make sure he has his toothbrush packed.
    I here Silverwater is nice this time of year.

    PS What is Williamson doing anywhere near the offices when he is allegedly on enforced leave?
    PPS These clowns aren’t even very good at being crooks. They had three years to (a) start a fire; (b) buy a shredder; (c) even EAT the freakin’ documents

    What is hilarious is, that even if the documents being removed weren’t incriminating, he will still go a row.

    Mbwah, ha, ha

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 2, 2012, 13:52
  92. Pyne will likely stand down with in 3 days

    will abbott follow strong talks maybe

    Posted by Joe. H | May 2, 2012, 13:58
  93. toady – I agree

    Posted by Barry | May 2, 2012, 17:14
  94. Funny how Ashby’s Facebook was “cleaned ” just before this all started ???? Pyneo clean ?

    Posted by Lord Barry Boncton | May 2, 2012, 17:24
  95. The ALP are gone and you hacks are obsessed with Pyne and Abbott. Typical leftward iq showing through.

    Posted by Tiny Dancer | May 2, 2012, 19:17
  96. Tiny Dancer, let people have their fun. Of course Labor are gone. It is like Richmond supporters hoping they will make the eight – they won’t – but it makes them feel part of something important.

    By the way Andy, how is the Ashby scoop coming on?

    Posted by Rudi | May 2, 2012, 22:03
  97. Williamson’s goin’ down in the back of a divvy van!

    What’s sad is, they aren’t even very good at being bent.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 2, 2012, 22:15
  98. OK I have been a naughty boy can I PLEASE go down with that young Constable in the divy van?

    Posted by Pissy Chyrne | May 2, 2012, 22:31
  99. Andy you don’t report on the LOTO’s affair(s), you don’t out any of the closet case hypocrite Liberal MPs – what the fuck do you do on this website these days? What is the point of you? You are becoming more and more like the rest of the media.

    Posted by Closet Cleaner | May 3, 2012, 1:13
  100. If it is true that Ashby has been paid, or even if it were true that he was even just verbally encouraged by anyone in any position in the Coalition, to say these things (true or false) then it would be the biggest political ballsup, stupid goddamned thing to do that I can remember, and these days the age box I tick on forms is downright depressing.

    The libs dont need to do a thing for the shambles that is the Greens-governed ALP to crash and burn a natural death.

    The only upside is, if it is both true that he was bribed to do this and that the Coalition has dirty hands, it might save the ALP from complete electoral oblivion. No democracy can be strong if one side gets Queenland’ed to the point where they can hold a full lower houes meeting in a minivan.

    Posted by Mick | May 3, 2012, 1:51
  101. Stephen Milne of St.Kilda FC is again being investigate for a 2004 rape.

    Shouldnt he be stood aside from playing AFL until he is cleared?

    After all, if Slipper had to stand aside on allegations alone, shouldnt other like Milne also be stood aside?

    Its guilty until proven innocent once an allegation is made remember!

    Posted by GUILTY until proven INNOCENT | May 3, 2012, 2:05
  102. GONE Pyne and Abbott

    more will be enclosed weeks after the budget

    Posted by Joe. H | May 3, 2012, 11:17
  103. That’s right Joe.H, and JuLiar will PM for many years to come.

    Posted by Lolster | May 3, 2012, 12:38
  104. No matter what ‘crimes’ Thomson and Slipper have supposedly committed, nothing that they have done come anywhere near the excuses that Abbott has put up to defend the paedophile priests. Reading todays’ newspapers, that 40 adults have committed suicide after being abused by priests. And to think that Abbott defends them and their actions?

    Posted by Jayell | May 3, 2012, 13:04
  105. Jayell
    very incisive comments. disgraceful conduct by one who holds himself in a higher place than us mere average, hardworking, hetro, family value king of people. Didn’t the “church” in its wisdom burn the baddies like witches at the stake…

    Posted by Barry | May 3, 2012, 16:22
  106. It has been a pleasure of leading this wonder team, i and my colleagues were putting alot of pressure on the government.

    Australia does not need this toxic tax, Australia does not need any of what this toxic government will bring in once july starts

    Its a sad day i will not be the leader when we fight the election to take it to the government

    Posted by statement | May 3, 2012, 16:53
  107. Thanks Tony

    Posted by Barry | May 3, 2012, 18:39
  108. so the the email that pyne says didn’t happen, did. and it is emerging that so much angst for JA happened when Pyne came calling

    Posted by Sue | May 3, 2012, 18:52
  109. another day another Pyne whine, it may have been me…….
    so what will be revealed today?

    Posted by Sue | May 4, 2012, 12:15
  110. I love to whine, especially when a big he man [deleted – obscenity]

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | May 4, 2012, 12:34
  111. For god sake can someone in the media ask Pyne the bleeding obvious question.

    Pyne now accepts he obtained Ashby’s mobile number by email and says he did not personally contact Ashby by mobile.

    Did Pyne, though, forward or give Ashby’s mobile number to anyone else and if so for what purpose?

    There is a trail if only someone would try to follow it.

    Posted by Rudi | May 4, 2012, 14:00
  112. ***GONE Pyne and Abbott***

    LOL. Do you think out the real world people care, are interested, or even know who Ashby is? They are worried about their job security, their mortgage and home value, petrol prices, and power bills. And all those worries are due to Gillard and Swan. If you care about the Labor party, do what you can to get rid of those two.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 4, 2012, 14:09
  113. Posted by Rudi | May 4, 2012, 15:53
  114. And now we have Mal Brough having meetings with Ashby.
    ooohh aaaahhhhh

    Posted by Sue | May 4, 2012, 16:08
  115. Is Mal Brough the reason behind Abbott and the weasel words “to my knowledge, no Canberra coalition members helped Ashby, “

    Posted by Sue | May 4, 2012, 16:37
  116. Well done Vex. Putting mainstream media to shame! And giving delusional post whores like Byron a reason to put away the razor.

    Truly benevolent work!

    Posted by Mug Punter | May 4, 2012, 17:37
  117. absolutely dispicable behaviour by Pyne, Mal Brough and “honest don’t answer questions” Abbot

    PS Byron – get back under the rock

    PPS: Congrats Vex – agree with Muggie

    Posted by Barry | May 4, 2012, 18:33
  118. All Polys suffer from an illness for which no cure is available and its name is Downer Vails decease. This causes them to not remember anyhing and the only known help is a Baseball Bat connecting with their Balls

    Posted by Taliban fan | May 4, 2012, 21:19
  119. Going out on a creaky limb here, but has anyone noticed how often young gay staffers in a politically conservative environment are connected with these kind of scandals? Ashby, Brad Manning, the guy who’s just been been booted from the Romney campaign for his nasty Tweets…. being amongst all that healthy right wing testosterone seems to inflame previously repressed resentments. Freud could perhaps explain but we’ll have to make do with Adrian Jackson’s Deep Thoughts.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 5, 2012, 1:54
  120. ***PS Byron – get back under the rock***

    Baz, I’ve been keeping it warm for you. Go right to the back of the rock in the deep dark recesses and you’ll see a little placecard marked ‘CFMEU.’ Stay there from March 2013 for, oh, about ten years.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 5, 2012, 1:56
  121. Ashby has been a very busy boy actively working against Slipper, while being employed by the Speaker.Polite people may call that a breach of employment others may give it an altogether label.

    Posted by Sue | May 5, 2012, 2:09
  122. Apparently according to Gary Nairn the Dept of Finance wanted to change the cab voucher system. The year 2006 Howard controls both houses,so why didn’t he. I suppose the question should go the Nick Minchin. why did he not change the system open to abuse, or did he just suffer from that new found disease willful blindness?

    Posted by Sue | May 5, 2012, 10:12
  123. Word-perfect script…why so suspicious to need to take wife? Why meet three times?..:”get more evidence,idiot”? I smell a downer in the mix!!

    Posted by joe | May 5, 2012, 11:15
  124. God, i mean Tony, holier than holy – this story and the grubby behaviour of you and yours (Pyne and “soon to be P.M. Smell Rough) is dispicable. It nearly makes me want to vote for J.G. but i don;’t think I could force my hand to tick the appropriate box.

    Posted by Barry | May 5, 2012, 12:29
  125. Will I get pay for the Ermine Coat and silk breeches I made for Mr Slippery’s next term?
    I have had to come down from Sydney in the taxi three times for do the fitting.
    He ask I bring my son Pranee to take inside leg measure …. why he need inside leg for coat?

    My husband say it is right that I make jacket made of weasel hair for Mr Slippery. He also say get cash this time … blank taxi voucher no good.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 5, 2012, 13:06
  126. I blame Bert and Pattie.
    A firm hand when the boy was younger and he wouldn’t be in all this trouble now

    Kind Regards

    Concerned Granny of Cranbourne

    Posted by Concerned Granny of Cranbourne | May 5, 2012, 13:09
  127. Barry….you probably have “forced” your hand to do more “self-congratulatory” things in the past!!

    Posted by joe | May 5, 2012, 13:41
  128. Granny,
    same to be said for ashby

    Posted by Barry | May 6, 2012, 10:46
  129. Difference is Joe, that my hand never kneaded “forcing”

    Posted by Barry | May 6, 2012, 10:48
  130. I reckon Slipper is a creap – my gaydar works and the slipper is a slippery dude, but please people can you tone down the homophobic crap, it is 2012 people. I’m a young gay man and the amount of dirty old men that have families that try to pick me up is disgusting…Oh it’s ok my wife and kids think I’m at a golfing weekend with the boys. Why can’t these lychees live how they want ? Because Australia is one big homphobic country.Listen to yourselves disgusting. I hope your sons go to work and then get preyed on by the dirty old men with the power.

    Posted by Peteypie | May 6, 2012, 20:36
  131. James ashby needs to be drawn and quartered for his baseless lies against slipper which will no doubt end up leaving mud all over the coalition.I was maintaining a cool head over this matter until the brough ashby meeting/s occurred. By ashby calling brough the one man that stands to gain over the smearing of slippers reputation. When he had never met brough and how he was somehow the best person to provide advice. (A mentally retarded former minister who lost his seat a disgraced member of the defence forces and someone who has remained unemployed for the last six years) it is clearly a complete set up. Karmas a bitch ashby.

    Posted by fabrication | May 7, 2012, 9:15
  132. i read in the weekend press that young Ashby is considering legal action against a ‘gossip web site’ – obviously not Vex as we all know it is full of truth!

    Posted by the Insider | May 7, 2012, 10:23
  133. Tony Abbott has disappeared?

    They seek him here, they seek him there
    Those journos are seeking everywhere
    Is he in heaven or is he in hell
    Or is he just with Cardinal Pell?

    Posted by fran | May 7, 2012, 10:58
  134. A lot more to come on that very soon

    Posted by VEXNEWS | May 7, 2012, 12:21
  135. “..legal action against a ‘gossip web site’ ….”

    Prolly not this one.
    Must have assets worth pursuing.

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 7, 2012, 14:36
  136. Hey … fabrication.
    What is this bullshit about Brough standing to gain by “smearing” Slipper.
    Brough is not standing against Slipper in a pre-selection. In case you’ve been asleep for the last six months, Slippery has resigned the Libs and is an “independent”, therefore the Lib nomination for his seat is open.
    As for Slippery being a serious contender as an independent against Brough ….. you have got to be joking!
    Slippery won’t stand, and if he does, he will lose his deposit (which he will have to pay in cash, not Cabcharge vouchers so it’s gonna hurt)..
    PS … I think the karma party at the moment is looking like being the ALP

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | May 7, 2012, 14:41
  137. Are you delusional of course brough has everything to gain in this. If slipper goes as speaker it is unlikley he will return to the cross benches a prompt retirement followed by a byelection that brough will win. Brough wants in asap before his reputation is torn apart with investigation by the cmc into bribery in sunnie coast counxil elections. Not to mention his hatred of slipper. He wants slipper out at all costs. Surely toad of toad hall even you would admit it strange of ashby to go to brough for advice when he had never met him but does know of the mutual hatred between slipper and brough.

    Posted by toad of toad hall aka lnp hack | May 7, 2012, 19:07
  138. “Whilst on the subject of the Cabcharge fraud what is going to pop very soon is a stat dec from a person employed by a ‘voucher broker’ (an organisation which cashes in vouchers for drivers) that several Slippery’s vouchers carry the hand-writing of one of his drivers.”

    Voucher brokers, huh?

    Cabcharge voucher abuse is easy mud to throw because it’s so hard to prove innocence. It’s the accusation you use when you don’t have anything else.

    Speaking of affairs, I always wondered why JH/PG didn’t make the news either.

    Posted by Kev | May 7, 2012, 21:13
  139. Why pay Ashby, when Thomson’s screwing The ALP, with union funds? Oh Sweet Perfidy.

    Posted by Feet Slipper | May 7, 2012, 21:41
  140. Toadie,
    Slipper to stand for Senate for Katters mob – would shit in

    Posted by Barry | May 11, 2012, 12:07
  141. So Abbot gets sued by some rad union boss. High morals Tony should now step down until case is settled. Fairs fair

    Posted by Barry | May 17, 2012, 12:32

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