Dec 12, 2012

Ashby v Slipper: court dismissal and no winners — least of all taxpayers

There have been no winners from the James Ashby v Peter Slipper sexual harassment case, which was thrown out of the Federal Court this morning. Crikey was in court for the verdict.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Finally, what many suspected has been confirmed: the court action brought against former speaker Peter Slipper was a political conspiracy to destroy him by the Queensland Liberal-National Party, and that James Ashby was a small but perfectly formed Trojan Horse who was wheeled into Slipper’s office to blow it up.


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83 thoughts on “Ashby v Slipper: court dismissal and no winners — least of all taxpayers

  1. qwerty bluett

    i predict this will have no bearing at all on the coalition’s favourability because OH MY GOSH LOOK BOAT PEOPLE WUT!?!

  2. Matthew of Canberra

    Wow. That’s a pretty comprehensive smack down.

  3. GLJ

    Well who’d have thought??
    When folks look back on this era of politics… The hung parliament… they will note with horror the political assassination of enemies of The Liberal National party through the repeated mantras of guilt guilt guilt before trial. They will see that Julia Gillard was tried by Abbott & Bishop over 17 year old irrelevancies that were repeated daily, daily daily and that
    successfully undermined her reputation.
    These tactics have ben used repeatedly in an uninhibited attack to destabilise the tight numbered government. This is nothing new to us readers here…. BUT ….. Historically it will be far more obvious than it is now inside this dirty bubble where visibility is low…..
    This is very serious stuff & the attempted overthrow of governments by gutter sniping is trash ugly and will tarnish this eras politics far beyond the next election.

  4. Jimmy

    There maybe no winners but I think the LNP will be the losers – a lot of questions for Brandis, Abbott & Co – they were happy to sling the mud bucket but are tehy prepared for the blow back.

    And if Geewizz is out there can I just remind him of a comment he made the other week when discussing Gillard & the AWU – I can’t remember the exact quote but it was something like “I remember Jimmy making similar comments about the Sliiper affiar and we all know how that ended” – So yes Mr Wizz we do know hoe that ended – me right, you wrong, the libs with plenty of explaining and a whole lot of muck raked.

  5. The Pav

    So will our media sheet the blame home where it belongs all will they role over and continue to push the prprietors line?

    Pauline Hanson gets falsely accused
    Rudd gets falsely accused
    Slipper gets falsely accused ( although he is far from untanished in other matters but remember who attende his wedding and gave him unqualified support)

    and who is there all the time. Tony Abbott

    He throws all the mud so all politicians are tainted in the public’s eye so that he does not look as bad.

    Mud throwing will continue whislt the perpatrators are not held to account. The victoms have little recourse as things are now other than to resort in kind which then perpetuates the cycle

  6. bluepoppy

    There are certainly no winners on both sides of politics in this saga. First the government’s dogged defense of Slipper and the hasty payout of $50K to make it all go away, coupled with inappropriate public remarks about the veracity of the case before it was heard in Court. It is not unreasonable to ask why Ashby, unlike many other complainants, was paid off so quickly if there was no case to answer and despite the government’s constant assertions the case was vexatious. Compare this to the experiences of other complainants who by contrast wait a long time for justice, if justice is served at all.

    It is probably too soon to state, without evidence, that Ashby was a ‘trojan horse’, probably more an opportunity that came the Coalition’s way and given Slipper’s past history one that probably had an air of legitimacy about it. Whether the case would have gone to Court without the shenanigans of minority government is anyone’s guess.

    Unless of course Ashby is telling the truth. There is nothing inherently wrong with a victim of harrassment going to others for counsel and advice within their own party confines. This is not unusual. Why would Ashby necessarily approach Slipper or go to the SMOS? This may be the desired process but it is not one that always works for the bullied but often more in favour of the alleged perpetrator. Given the APS propensity to sweep bullying under the carpet or to target complainants who would seek redress from internal avenues.

    One thing is for sure the public and the taxpayer will probably be the last to know the real truth behind these events, maybe the best we can hope is truth via the next tell-all book to arise out of the gelatinous mass that is Aussie politics.

  7. iggy648

    Well I never! Who’d a thought?

  8. klewso

    “The honey-trap that turned into a tar-baby?”

  9. MJPC

    Does this decision make Mr Ashby the LNP’s 2012 Godwin Grech? To the ALP, “Cry havoc, unleash the dogs of war!”

  10. JamesK

    Bullocks. The whole affair.

    And quite a rushed last paragraph there, Margot.

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