Slipper case dismissed


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.