“…The allegations against Peter Slipper, the Australian parliamentary Speaker, by a male employee were highly salacious, involving lascivious text messages, showers taken with the door open and a neck massage, which elicited moans of pleasure.
They were also highly politically charged – since Mr Slipper had defected from the opposition – and was helping to prop up Julia Gillard’s minority government.
The Speaker denied the allegations – but stood aside while James Ashby’s claims of sexual harassment were investigated.
Two months on, a murky tale of political derring-do is emerging -
- with Mr Ashby accused of conspiring with senior opposition MPs and a journalist to undermine the Labor government -
- and blacken Mr Slipper’s reputation…”
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