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Slipper case dismissed

Posted by: 4bc.com.au | 12 December, 2012 - 10:17 AM
Peter Slipper

A Federal Court judge has dismissed a sexual harassment claim against former speaker Peter Slipper, describing it as a political attack aimed at advancing the interests of the LNP.

In a scathing judgment handed down in Sydney today, Justice Steven Rares said he had reached the firm conclusion former staffer JAMES ASHBY'S main purpose for bringing the proceedings was to pursue a political attack against Mr SLIPPER.

The judge found Mr Ashby had worked with fellow staffer Karen Doane and former federal minister Mal Brough to advance the interests of the LNP and Mr Brough.

Outside court, Mr ASHBY said he was extremely disappointed at the decision and would be appealing.

He says no evidence had been heard in his substantive claim against Mr Slipper since he filed the claim eight months ago.

Blog comments Your Say

  • mick, you cut some off. Let's slow it down for you so you can understand the statement. "Mr. Ashby" the applicant "HAD a safe work place" doesn't work in that role anymore "because it hasn't been proven ANYWHERE (other than between the ears of some of our less fortunate) that he didn't." the default is that the one's work place is safe, until proven otherwise.

    James W Friday 14 December, 2012 - 9:28 AM
  • mick - now I know I am talking to an idiot.
    That matter was settled. It was not a signal of anything. no side won, nothing was either proved or disproved. It is common legal practice to settle when costs will far exceed any benefits for either side.
    The stupid case had already cost the Australian taxpayer 700 grand and would have doubled that.
    Would you have preferred that our government continued to pour money into this worthless matter.
    It was crap from go to woe. And as has been shown completely political motivated from a germy flea ridden LNP lackey. Who thankfully is now broke and homeless. Maybe you should take him in.

    Bob Lord Friday 14 December, 2012 - 9:20 AM
  • Thankfully a Justice showed true courage and intellect in this case.
    And that's a lot more than the media and the Opposition showed in its never ending pursuit of "the turncoat" Peter Slipper.
    It doesn't matter whether you personally like or dislike a person, each and every Australian is entitled to their day in court. Both the media and the Opposition ignored this.
    Funny how the Opposition is now hiding behind the "the matter is subject to appeal so I can't comment" statement. No appeal has been lodged and no matter is before the courts. And Brandis wants to be Attorney-General?

    Bob Lord Friday 14 December, 2012 - 6:56 AM
  • If what you sprout is correct James W, {people here is another labor idiot flashing his lack of intelligence} he states, "Mr. Ashby had a safe work place because it hasn't been proven ANYWHERE" makes a lot of sense does it not. So why did Gillard and Roxon aka the present labor government pay him out $50K in September, if he did have a safe workplace.

    mick Thursday 13 December, 2012 - 5:36 PM
  • Not much coverage of this on Fairfax, Murdoch media outlets??
    They slandered Slipper mercilessly on front pages for days when the allegation was made, and tucked this scathing finding (clearing him) away on page 10.
    Even found an angle to have a go at Gillard with their cartoon.
    No media bias here is there???

    Steve Thursday 13 December, 2012 - 5:22 PM
  • Mr. Ashby had a safe work place because it hasn't been proven ANYWHERE (other than between the ears of some of our less fortunate) that he didn't.

    James W Thursday 13 December, 2012 - 2:32 PM

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