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Brough’s read his Ashby questions: Who will make him answer?

In AFHP, Margo Kingston on January 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Kathy Sundstrom Sunshine Coast Daily article asked Mal Brough some of these AFHP questions.

The Slipper diary entries

1. What information regarding the diaries did you receive from Ashby?

2. What dates did it cover?

3. Why did you want the information?

4. What use did you make of the information?

5. Do you consider it ethical to gain unauthorised access to someone’s else’s diary?

6. What action would you have taken as a sitting MP if your diary was stolen and given to a political rival?

7. Have you had any contact with the AFP since the judgement?

Personal help for Ashby and Doane

8. Did you discuss getting employment for Ashby and Doane?

9. What steps did you take to assist them?

10. Did you know Ashby or Doane before they began working for Mr Slipper?

Dealings with Ashby

11. What did Ashby tell you re any possible legal action against Slipper?

12. Why didn’t you advise Ashby to follow standard and correct HR procedure if he felt he was being harassed?

13. What contact have you had with Ashby, his lawyer, agent or anyone else connected with the Court case since the judgement?

14. Do you believe Ashby is an honest person, and if so on what basis? Read the rest of this entry »

Citizen Journalists and Sunshine Coast Daily combine to corner Mal Brough

In Ashby Conspiracy, Margo Kingston, Noely Neate on January 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

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Here is the full record of Margo Kingston’s Open Letter to the Sunshine Coast Daily editor Darren Burnett, his response and the subsequent Kathy Sundstrom article asking Mal Brough the AFHP questions.

In the interview Mal Brough claims that he is unable to comment in detail on the Ashby matter because as he says: “The matter is before appeal, I have nothing further to add,”
However the Federal Court’s Justice Rares decision stands as good law unless & until the original decision is overturned, set aside or altered on appeal. There has been no leave to appeal granted at this point.

Mal Brough, when asked why he has not responded to requests for interviews, suggests no one has asked. “I am available on my mobile“.
This is incorrect. Our citizen journalist Noely Neate got confirmation from at least three journalists below who tried.

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Ashby Inquiry Proposal for Discussion

In Ashby Conspiracy, Margo Kingston on January 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

By Margo Kingston
22 January 2013

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Two days ago Paula Matthewson, who tweets and blogs as @Dragonista, posted an open letter to the #AshbyInquiryNow campaign people challenging them on their strategy and aims. A stimulating discussion ensued in comments to her piece which showed that engaged citizens on the right, centre and left agreed that it was essential that the truth behind this matter be exposed and its perpetrators brought to account. But how?

After the discussion, I tweeted my idea for a judicial inquiry, endorsed by Paula, to three federal politicians I follow and who follow me – Craig Emerson (ALP), Rob Oakeshott (Independent) and Richard DiNatale (Greens). I had no expectation any would reply. Perhaps due to the refusal of the mainstream media to explore the smoking gun handed to them by Justice Rares in the Ashby judgement,  all expressed interest. As you’ll see, Rob has concerns at how terms of reference could be drafted, and promised to listen to people’s ideas.

The Geek and I feel Twitter has a special opportunity to constructively contribute to getting the truth behind the Ashby court case, a goal worthy of bipartisan support. No matter what your politics, under current law and practice we all are in danger of wealthy, unscrupulous people who want to destroy our lives abusing the legal system to do so. In politics, the use of this weapon could even destroy a Liberal or Labor government. Read the rest of this entry »