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Perrett urges AFP to investigate #Ashby now, adds Abetz to list

In Ashby Conspiracy, Margo Kingston on March 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM
AFP Commissioner Tony Negus

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus

By Margo Kingston
March 20, 2013


Graham Perrett has written to the AFP demanding it resume its investigation into possible criminal activity surrounding the court action by James Ashby against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper.

He has also added Liberal Senator Eric Abetz to  the list of people the AFP should investigate for possible involvement in an alleged conspiracy to abuse the judicial system to bring down the government, referring to an email provided by a member of the public.

On December 21 last year Mr Perrett referred Mal Brough, Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop, James Ashby and Karen Doane to the AFP.

On February 14, the AFP said by letter it would not investigate until Mr Ashby’s application for leave to appeal, to be heard in May, was finalised.

The appeal concerns the correctness of Justice Rares dismissal of Mr Ashby’s case as an abuse of Court process. It does not concern any criminal activity before the case was lodged in Court, including the alleged theft of Mr Slipper diary.

Mt Perrett told AFHP: ‘This is not a situation for caution – this is a process that can only benefit by speed in investigation because the days are counting down to an election in which the good character of the players is a big issue. Time is of the essence and the investigation of possible criminal offences is completely different to the issue in the appeal.’

‘When Mr Brough opens a campaign office two doors down from Mr Slipper that is a statement by the Liberal Party that Mr Brough has done nothing wrong. I believe he is a conspirator in an plan to bring down the elected government and that he has no respect for our democratic institutions.’

Graham Perrett

Graham Perrett

Letter from Graham Perrett MP to AFP Commissioner Mr Tony Negus Read the rest of this entry »

Jane Cattermole asks: Why a different rule for Peter Slipper?

In Ashby Conspiracy, Jane Cattermole on January 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

By Jane Cattermole
15th January 2013


Peter Slipper, for the latter part of his parliamentary career was much maligned and ridiculed by colleagues and members of the media alike. He was called a “turncoat”, a “rat”, ”Slippery” and was portrayed as “King Rat” on the front of a News Ltd tabloid complete with a digitally altered image of him with whiskers and a rat’s tail, and mockingly, dressed in a wig and gown.

Despite the relentless gossip about his private life and the constant trashing of his reputation he took to high office impressively and most would agree that he was an exemplary Speaker. He showed fear and favour to no one, he ejected senior politicians from the House and told the PM on more than one occasion to confine herself to questions of relevance.

It’s a matter of history now that Slipper was accused of sexual harassment by James Ashby and that the titillating details of their private text messages were splashed all over the daily newspapers. They were talked about ad nauseam on commercial TV, radio, SKY News and our ABC alike. Tony Abbott was so sure of its implications for the Speaker and government that within hours of charges being laid he was announcing that it was untenable that an MP facing such serious allegations should hold such a senior position in the parliament. Not content to let the court do its job he was relentlessly pursued by the Coalition who moved to have him removed as Speaker. He survived the vote in the House but with his reputation in tatters, and his political career in ruins he resigned in tears. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the “Minchin Protocol” that was denied to Mr Peter Slipper?

In Ashby Conspiracy, Margo Kingston, Telecard Affair, Tony The Geek on January 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Matty Horan – A former Press Gallery gun specialising in political rorts.

Matty Horan explained on Twitter:


— Matt Horan (@mattyhoran) January 11, 2013

Former Senator Nick Minchin was forced to repay $3,150 in travel allowances after admitting he breached a parliamentary convention during the election campaign in 1996.

The convention says that ministers and shadow ministers are not allowed to claim travel allowance after their party leader’s policy speech until the election.

Here are the press stories at the time:

Minchin kept in cheque – The Daily Telegraph

SAT 15 March 1997, Page 9

THE Prime Minister’s Parliamentary secretary Nick Minchin wrote a cheque for $3150 yesterday to refund money he wrongly claimed during the last election. Read the rest of this entry »

Tracing the Telecard affair

In From the Archives, Margo Kingston, Telecard Affair on January 8, 2013 at 4:18 AM

By Margo Kingston and Mike Seccombe
Source: Webdiary SMH
Date: October 22nd, 2000

Peter Reith Telecard Scandal $50,000


Tuesday, October 10

The Canberra Times reveals a Federal Police investigation into Peter
Reith’s $50,000 phone bill after he gave his number and PIN to son Paul
for private calls. Howard says Reith revealed the fraud to him in May,
nine months after Reith was told, and that he accepted legal advice
from Attorney-General Daryl Williams to send the file to police. Howard
says he wouldn’t give his Telecard to a family member but “I certainly
don’t regard that as a hanging offence”.

Howard says he doesn’t know how the fraud went on for five years and
that it doesn’t matter because “I don’t think people use Telecards any
more”. (Special Minister of State Chris Ellison – the man in charge of
politician’s perks – later reveals that 210 of the 224 MPs have
Telecards.) Howard kept the fraud secret because it was only “an
allegation”. He pre-empts a decision by the Commonwealth Director of
Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg, QC, whether to prosecute, saying
Reith’s delivery of his Telecard details to Paul was not fraud.

Reith says he “personally stopped using the card in about 1994”.
(Finance sent Reith a new card in a double-sealed envelope for security
on September 9, 1993.)

Reith tells Parliament his son was interviewed by police in July
and “strongly denied” passing on the Telecard details. He admits that
he breached a determination of the Remuneration Tribunal that Telecards
must only be used “personally, to make telephone calls on parliamentary
or electorate business”. He confessed this “quite openly to the PM”. He
tells Parliament that in 1994 he told his son that “if you have some
particular reason to contact me, this is a means that you can use to do
so”. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Are Here

In AFHP on December 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Fairfax published 50 articles on the jailing of Pauline Hanson and the involvement of Tony Abbott’s ” Australians for Honest Politics” Trust. Even though there remain many questions unanswered, nothing ever came of it. The AEC made a determination there was no case to answer but they are refusing to answer questions. Read all about it here.