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GIVING PETER THE SLIPPER: LNP backbencher marked for departure as Mal Brough circles

peterslipper LNP members on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are anticipating that this will be their federal MP Peter Slipper’s final term.

LNP insiders believe that former high-profile Howard minister Mal Brough has moved into the Fischer electorate and has been very quietly admitted to LNP membership after initially strongly protesting the Liberal-National merger amid talk he was even contemplating creating his own party.

Insiders anticipate Brough will challenge Slipper should he not bow out gracefully.

Sources have told VEXNEWS that Slipper’s use of the Fischer FDC’s campaign account has been the subject of intense speculation over the last twelve months, with some members claiming that at least $4000 from a Liberal party account did not make the transition to a post-merger LNP campaign account.

Slipper is believed to have been challenged on the subject by local party members, officials and head office but has not provided explanations that satisfied them.

Given the precarious situation in the House of Representatives, the prospect of a disgruntled Slipper putting up his hand as Speaker was talked up shortly after the election. Labor sources say this has not been seriously pursued and news today that Independent egomaniac Rob Oakeshott has publicly put up his hand as Speaker suggests that the matter is all but resolved in his favour.

Slipper has been the subject of a bruising series of attacks from the local daily in his patch, the Sunshine Coast Daily, who have grown tired of the quirky maverick and are believed to have been egged on by local Liberals keen for him to move on.


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  1. I think Slipper’s passed his use-by date. His bio tells you he’s big on delegations and short on committees. He’s one of those MPs who uses his seat as a meal ticket thanks to the good folk of Fisher’s tolerance or disinterest. Its not burnout in the job that Slipper suffers its boredom. Given his background he should spend time with community organisations such as Alcoholics Anon – he may find life takes on a whole new meaning.

    Posted by Cathy | September 15, 2010, 18:30
  2. How long will it take for Brough to destroy the N in LNP if he gets back into parliament?

    Posted by heh | September 15, 2010, 19:01
  3. Well, if Slipper can be pensioned off for his snooze in the house, how about Abbott for snoozing off a boozy lunch in his office during an important financial debate?

    Posted by Polyquats | September 15, 2010, 20:08
  4. When is a politician least dangerous…when they are sleeping.

    Yes a snoozing pollie, unlike a baby, may not be the prettiest of sights – but while they snooze they are not tearing up the hard won rights of Australians or sledging desperate boatpeople.

    Posted by hurting no one | September 16, 2010, 0:00
  5. As a LNP Party member in the Fisher FDC, hopefully we can get Mal up this way and have a decent candidate representing us… Time for Slipper to go..

    Posted by Caloundra Microburst | September 16, 2010, 14:28
  6. Such is the disharmony in the local Coalition branch that several long serving members refused to man booths for the sitting member choosing to donate their time and resources to a candidate from another seat.

    This speaks volumes for the discontent which has festered over the past several years in Peter Slippers own branch culminating in the desire of members to obtain another candidate to depose the incumbent at the earliest opportunity.

    Hopefully the investigation into Peter Slippers spending of $600,000.00 of government funds on various items including over $100,000.00 on taxi fares will expedite his demise.

    Posted by apprentice | September 16, 2010, 21:54
  7. He was using the money for his own private “slush” fund, when he is asked about the missing thousands, you get a very complicated and back to front answer from Slipper thatone needs a degree in Jubbish to understand.

    Posted by Young LNP Member Sunny Coast | September 17, 2010, 8:51
  8. If only every politician saw it as their role to sleep. Imagine how much better off the country would be without their interference. None of them would be missed – unlike Sleeping Beauty whose fame grew the longer she slept, our politicians would find that no one really thought about them. Definitely, no one would kiss them awake. Back in the time of Keynes pump priming, it was thought sensible to pay Group A to dig holes and Group B to fill holes. Paying politicians to sleep is only half as expensive a stimulus because they would be doing nothing at all and hence not doing any damage.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | September 17, 2010, 10:42
  9. I for one refused to lift a finger to help this Oxygen Thief at the recent election, i live in Caloundra, am a member of the LNP Fisher FDC and im sad to say that i didnt even vote for Slipper ..

    Posted by ELO | September 17, 2010, 11:27
  10. Slippers Finished .. a report in todays Sunshine Coast Daily, he has left the country on another “Study Tour” and didnt even show up for the Party room meeting in Canberra last week..Bye Bye Peter

    Posted by A big swinger in the LNP | September 17, 2010, 12:07
  11. id get on it

    Posted by malcolm turnbothways | September 20, 2010, 14:54
  12. Slipper is a Grub, he has taken the people of Fisher for Granted and has ripped off tax payers. Bring on Mal and lets get some decent representation up here..

    Posted by Blues Traveller | September 21, 2010, 13:24

    Posted by Tom Curry | September 21, 2010, 13:58


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