Looks like a scandal brewing

It certainly looks like a scandal is brewing in Canberra:

PERHAPS Peter Slipper’s taxi driver on the evening of October 12 last year was a newcomer to the nation’s capital, unfamiliar with the myriad roundabouts that often spin unfamiliar drivers astray.

Or was it that Canberra’s fussily kept arterial roads were suddenly beset by traffic jams almost never seen outside presidential visits in a city more used to peak minute than peak hour?

Or perhaps it was a sudden yearning to visit residents of far-flung suburbs? Or a two-hour historical jaunt through such streets as Jenkins and Rudd or suburbs graced with the names of former prime ministers – Curtin, Chifley and Bruce?

How else to explain a taxi bill of $310 for a single evening to ferry the man who is now the Speaker of the House of Representatives from Parliament House to his home in Hughes, 10 kilometres away, and back to a Turkish restaurant – a journey that should have taken no more than 28 minutes and cost about $39.

Mr Slipper – or ”Slippery Pete” as he is widely known – certainly isn’t telling, having refused to explain the exorbitant charge to journalists on more than 10 occasions.

Pretty hard to reconcile that. Even harder when you have even bigger unexplained taxi bills. Perhaps the local brother has a clean billing arrangement with the cab company?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.