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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

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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:

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— 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 »