Is Peter Slipper the Darren Hughes of Australian Politics?

Sydney Morning Herald

The sex scandal surrounding former Speaker Peter Slipper is unfolding and compounding at a rate that could soon see a general election in Australia. As the sordid and sorry tale of Peter Slipper is drip fed via court documents it will become death by a thousand cuts.

You have to wonder if Peter Slipper is the Darren Hughes of Australian politics?

The following text message was allegedly sent by Peter Slipper on February 1 to one of his staffers, James Ashby: ”But you’re [sic] call and no hard feelings in that you only want businesslike contact. In that event of the difficulty in our personal.”

Alleged response text by Ashby: ”I don’t know what type of contact you expect Peter. Perhaps u should define that u would like and I can then be clearer on my position.”

Slipper: ”U want something more? U brillianmt [sic] at massages.”

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Ashby: ”No I’m happy the way things are. I care for u Pete but the massage is at far as it goes. Life’s a lot more simpler when it’s business and a few drinks after work.”

Slipper: ”Oh.”

Oh indeed. Unguarded private texts make for queasy reading but they are part of more than a thousand words of texts and alleged dialogue between Slipper, 62, and Ashby, 33, embedded in a compensation complaint lodged by Ashby against Slipper.

Ashby claims Slipper subjected him to sexual harassment while Slipper, who is married, was his employer and Speaker of the House of Representatives. He also claims Slipper misused the Cabcharge system.

Slipper denies the allegations, which emerged in the public domain on Saturday.

Ashby appears to be no paragon of virtue, but for Slipper the issue of his self-indulgence in claiming work expenses has dogged him for years. His own party was seeking to remove him before he left the Liberals and took the Speaker’s role.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Yes is the quick and easy answer, however Slipper…..y, makes Hughes look like an amateur.

    • AnonWgtn

      Did I learn that Hughes is either now back in New Zealand or is coming back as an advisor to Labour ?

      • insider

        He’s just a got a job in the UK with an NGO on electoral reform

  • If more gays were honest about themselves and the community was more understanding this sort of shit wouldn’t happen. How hard is it for a guy who is “chatted up” to say sorry mate I’m straight leave me alone, if he persists take him through the employment process. Think of this in the same light as a young lady dealing with unwanted sexual advances by her boss – this should be treated the same way no more….surely they have sex harassment laws there?

    • Jackson

      I agree, but Ashby is not strait. He is openly gay.

  • insider

    COmplete set up text by Ashby : “I don’t know what type of contact you expect Peter. Perhaps u should define that u would like and I can then be clearer on my position.”

    What’s the bets his lawyer was in the room as he typed it?

    • Guest

      I tend to agree.  Who addresses some one by name in a text message?  I wonder if it was done for evidentual purposes.

    • @BoJangles

      Not his lawyer, but perhaps Tony Abbott!!

  • Jimmie

    Wont be long and Mr Slipper will be the fount of as many jokes as Mrs Bobbitt was a few years ago.