THIS hasn’t been a good week for the Coalition parties, with the sexual harassment case brought against former House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper by his former staff member James Ashby, being thrown out.
In the Federal Court last week, Justice Steven Rares dismissed the case, and described the main purpose (of Ashby and former Howard government minister Mal Brough) had been to “pursue a political attack against Mr Slipper.”
This judge further criticised Mal Brough for his involvement, along with other former staff of the Speaker seeking their own future positions with Queensland’s Liberal-National Party.
Although he may appeal this judgment Mr Ashby is likely to face some heavy legal costs.
Now this South Coast area has a high proportion of voters who have supported Coalition candidates to victory at every level of government.
I suggest that local Coalition politicians Shelley, Gareth, Joanna – and her imminent replacement Ann – might organise an appeal to draw on this wide local support: they and their voters can demonstrate their sympathy and financial help by donations for poor Mr Ashby, who is himself eager to climb the ladder of Coalition politicians.
One suggested name for this appeal can be the “Godwin Grech Trust”, and thus celebrate another would-be conservative warrior who (in concert with Malcolm Turnbull in 2009) was also only trying to do The Right Thing, so to speak.
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