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DIRT SPREADS

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 12:37am
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Editor's Note

The timing couldn't be worse. On the day after Mal Brough won preselection to contest Peter Slipper's seat at the next election, ABC's 7:30 reported that Slipper's accuser, James Ashby, is himself under criminal investigation, accused of having sex with underage boys.

James Ashby will likely now regret his accusations against Slipper, because it was these that indirectly led to the new allegations against him.

The extent of Brough's involvement with James Ashby in the Slipper affair is unclear, although we know he had at least three meetings to advise Ashby before claims were lodged against Slipper, as well as several text messages and phone calls. Brough allegedly also received copies of Slipper's diary extracts from Ashby.

Mal Brough, Christopher Pyne and other LNP figures will now be regretting any involvement with Ashby, because this episode clearly has a long way to run.

PoliticOZ editor: 
Nick Feik