News

Peter Slipper heading overseas again

Peter Slipper
Peter Slipper

THE scandal of sexual harassment allegations has not stopped Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper's big spending ways, it seems.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph is reporting today that Mr Slipper has pocketed $173,000 for entertaining dignitaries and visiting four foreign lands since he was last in Parliament almost 190 days ago.

Mr Slipper, whose salary alone costs taxpayers almost $1000 a day, is set for another trip, this time leading a delegation of federal MPs to an "Inter-Parliamentary Union' meeting in Canada and Argentina.

The trips are designed to improve relationships between countries and parliaments as well as promoting best practice by the Australian parliament.

But according to the News Ltd report, delegates have raised questions about Mr Slipper leading such trips given allegations that he sexually harassed his young male adviser James Ashby.

Mr Slipper has vehemently denied the allegations, despite text messages allegedly between himself and Mr Ashby.

The Sunshine Coast MP has been on full pay since he was stood down as Speaker by Prime Minister Julia Gillard after public outrage against the MP.

Mr Slipper has been under investigation by the Sunshine Coast Daily for more than two years over his shocking record on spending taxpayers' money on interstate trips, Comcars, taxis, and overseas trips.

Investigations by the Daily's editor at large Bill Hoffman sparked national interest in Mr Slipper's affairs and contributed to the Daily winning PANPA Newspaper of the Year for the past two years.

Mr Slipper, who has been laying low on the Coast since the sex scandal broke, has refused to comment on the latest concerns, instead referring News Ltd's inquiry to the Parliament's International and Community Relations Office.

The Daily has had similar problems in getting answers out of the MP's office in relation to ongoing questions about expense anomalies, including trips to Sydney and Canberra when Parliament was not even sitting.

Mr Slipper has continually flown to Canberra via Sydney with taxi records showing late night visits to restaurants and drinking venues.

He has previously denied having a drinking problem but MPs have told the Daily of Mr Slipper drinking excessive amounts of red wine, being drunk and falling asleep in Parliament.

Mr Slipper is facing an ongoing Australian Federal Police investigation over allegations that he claimed expenses he was not entitled to claim.

The Sunshine Coast MP's sexual harassment case is due to return to court in October.


 

Topics:  expenses, james ashby, peter slipper, politics, sunshine coast




Gulaptis: Greyhound racing ban a 'human tragedy'

Greyhound racing has been a large part of Australian culture for many years. This photo essay explores a night at the greyhounds. It tries to capture the sights, sounds and atmosphere of this well known past time. Photo Contributed

"It’s a human tragedy to see good people lose their jobs"

Phone scammers doing the rounds in Clarence Valley

Telstra offer five top tips to help businesses avoid falling prey to phone scams.

"I might be 80 but wasn't born under a gooseberry bush"

Suspected South Grafton vehicle arson being investigated

News

One car burnt beyond recognition, another in front of a house

Latest deals and offers

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, Buddy Guy on 2017 Bluesfest bill

Patti Smith is one of the headline acts confirmed for Bluesfest 2017.

Patti, Billy, Buddy and more to headline five-day festival

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

Cheap Fraser Coast island drops its price

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep