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 »
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 »
In Ashby Conspiracy, Noely Neate on January 8, 2013 at 3:34 AM
By Noely Neate
Date: December 13th, 2012
Keeping an Eye on the media
The day after Gillard’s (now famous) ‘misogyny’ speech I woke up thinking I was in the twilight zone. Everyone I knew was amazed or affected in some way, yet, the morning news and papers barely referred to it, instead focussing on Slipper resigning? I was seriously, WTF? Thankfully over the next few days the so-called ‘serious’ media commentators were basically shamed into at least acknowledging it (even if in some terribly conservative white male stances) by social media and overseas media. This whole #Ashbygate (as it is referred to on twitter) episode is a major déjà vu, the only difference is, not only am I am in the twilight zone, I am outraged!
Yes, Slipper had some repulsively juvenile texts, though of course without the “abuse of the process of the Court” (Justice Rares words, not mine, see “full judgement here” we, the public, would not even have been aware of the sexists texts, BUT, in reality the texts have now not been found to be illegal, just ‘vulgar’. To be perfectly honest, the texts reek more of a man suffering a mid-life crisis trying to impress the perceived cool kid on the block, not so much aggressive sexism. Regardless, it is not a good look, though am sure there are worse out there in MP land if we grabbed all their texts for the last 5 years? What outrages me is the fact that a few people through their actions decided they would try to change the face of our democratically elected landscape. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ashby Conspiracy, Tony The Geek on December 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
[View the story “Timeline for #AshbyConspiracy & Questions for #AshbyInquiry” on Storify]
A Federal Court Judge has found a conspiracy by James Ashby, Karen Doane, Mal Brough to advance their own interest and that of the LNP. Mr Abbott maintains that he had no specific knowledge. Here is a timeline & questions.
This timeline will not cover every detail, as all of this was already covered extensively in the court case ruling as well as the media. What is covered is some of the aspects of the timeline which do not receive as much attention for whatever reason.
There are some questions on the record from Twitter below in the second section. Please feel free to add some more under the hashtag #AshbyQuestions after reviewing some of the info in here. Also please feel free to suggest more relevant facts that should be added to the timeline. A crowd-sourced effort has more chance to get the public record right.
Mr Abbott and Mr Slipper were best friends. Here seen in happier times.
In Ashby Conspiracy, Tony The Geek on December 13, 2012 at 4:35 AM
Quote of the Year 2012 is a tie between Ms Alberici and Mr Abbott:
- Emma Alberici: “Virtually every commentator in the land is echoing the thoughts of the Opposition on this one. “
- Mr Abbott on #AshbyConspiracy: This is a tawdry state of affairs, to say the least.
This shows our esteemed mainstream media at work. It is a study in how the press makes sausages.
We have our very own Australian Watergate minus investigative journalism. What happened? Where did it go?
Does mainstream journalism still exist or is it now left to the Fifth Estate, social media, blogs, twitter to do their work.