Peter Slipper
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Settlement reached in Peter Slipper sex discrimination case

A SETTLEMENT has been reached in the ongoing legal saga between the Commonwealth Government, Peter Slipper and his former media advisor, Karen Doane.

But the details of how much compensation Ms Doane, who accused the former Member for Fisher and Speaker of sexual discrimination, received could not be revealed.

Mr Slipper's lawyer, Simon Berry, said the case was due for directions in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney last Friday, but was postponed pending discussions.

Since then, the matter has been finalised.

"An agreement has been reached," Mr Berry said.

The Commonwealth Department of Finance has refused to reveal how big its slice of the payout was.

"As the parties to the settlement have agreed to make the terms confidential, the Department of Finance is unable to provide further information," a spokeswoman said.

Ms Doane's application alleging unlawful discrimination went to Sydney's Federal Circuit Court in February 2014.

She accused Mr Slipper of age discrimination, disability discrimination, racial discrimination and sex discrimination, while also claiming he was guilty of misogynistic conduct.

Ms Doane was claiming damages from both Mr Slipper and the Commonwealth Government for the "offence, humiliation, distress and anxiety" allegedly suffered in Mr Slipper's employ.

She was employed as his media advisor from November 24, 2011 until September 27, 2013.

However, she was in office for less than five months as she went on paid leave after her colleague, James Ashby, launched legal action accusing Mr Slipper of sexual harassment in April 2012.

These allegations, along with those accusing Mr Slipper of abusing cab charges, forced his resignation as Speaker on October 9, 2012.

Neither of these cases against Mr Slipper was successful.

Mr Ashby's claims were first found to be politically motivated but this decision was overturned on appeal. However Mr Ashby later dropped the case.

A decision on Mr Ashby's appeal against having to pay his own legal costs is yet to be reached. The cab charges conviction was also overturned on appeal.

Neither Mr Slipper nor Ms Doane could be reached for comment.



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