From #Watergate to #Ashbygate: A review of “Ashbygate” the book, by Joan Evatt @Boeufblogginon






A few weeks ago Ross Jones and Dave Donovan, of Independent Australia, sent me messages asking me to review Ross’s book on the Ashbygate saga. Despite being as crook as Rookwood I was more than happy to agree, and in due course a copy appeared in my letterbox. I was in the middle of reading it very, very late one night when I happened to notice “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” being run on one of the Fox channels and started to watch it.  You know how you are in that semi-somnolent state when something is triggered, a penny drops, and suddenly you are alert and alive. What got me going? […]






Dear AFP, please investigate #Ashbygate at last, sincerely @GrahamPerrettMP






8 September 2014 Mr Tony Negus Commissioner Australian Federal Police GPO Box 401 CANBERRA ACT 2601   Dear Mr Negus Tony, Re: Potential Commission of Criminal Offences by the Honourable Mal Brough MP 1.  I refer to the attached correspondence in relation to this matter dated 21 December, 2012 and 19 March, 2013 containing information alleging criminal offences may have been committed by the Honourable Mal Brough MP. 2.  These potential offences came to light during the proceedings brought by Mr JamesAshby against Mr Peter Slipper in the Federal Court, which proceedings have now been discontinued by Mr Ashby. 3. On 23 June, 2014 you indicated by letter that as the Full […]






The #Ashbyappeal decision: @boeufblogginon explainer






By Joan Evatt 28 February 2014 In a majority decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia Justices Mansfield and Gilmour granted James Ashby the leave to appeal and upheld that appeal thereby overturning the decision of Rares J. A minority decision by Siopis J granted Ashby leave to appeal and then dismissed the appeal. All three judges denied Michael Harmer leave to appeal. Lawyers will always tell you that there are two key components to any case that must be met if a disaster is to be avoided. The first is a lawyer striving to provide that hook upon which a judge can hang his hat. The […]






Is Brough really a Fisher shoo-in?






  By Rodney Edwin Lever 2 September 2013 “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”  When Archie Cameron was Speaker, the word “liar” was considered un-parliamentary and the use of it brought summary ejection from the House. Never in my history of elections has the word “liar” been bandied about so frequently in Australian politics as in  the current scramble for power. Peter Slipper, the two-term serving member for the Queensland electorate of Fisher, brought Archie back to my mind when he briefly introduced some old-fashioned dignity back to the Speaker’s role.  Archie reminded me of Hanging Judge Jeffries of an even earlier era. Slipper, did not, however wear the shoulder-length wig […]






Why the people demand – and pay for – an #Ashby investigation






Margo: In part five of our series on new political activists, the man who inspired the formation of the Ashbygate Trust tells the why and how of it. By Brock Turner (@Turlow1) 2 July 2013 So how do you get complete strangers to commit more than $50,000 in two weeks, and what would prompt you to even ask? What makes someone think that you can take on a country’s mainstream media and show that they are a bunch of hacks and delinquently corrupt? How do you go about exposing the dirty underbelly of a national political machine? Why would you even try? I am not a conspiracy theorist. I believe […]






#Ashby appeal: Slipper’s turn






By Joan Evatt May 3, 2013 It was Peter Slipper’s turn today in Day 2 of the Ashby v Slipper Appeal. Slipper was represented by well-known Sydney silk, Ian Neil SC. He had to wait for twenty minutes or so while Michael Lee SC endeavoured to add further to his submissions from yesterday. The issues Lee wanted to expand on were questions about the urgency of Ashby’s application preventing Ashby and his representatives from pursuing all alternative remedies available to him on the sexual harassment issue. Lee also raised the question of whether there was evidence given on what was in the mind of Michael Harmer on the question of ‘genuine […]






My Twitter interview with #Ashby’s media adviser






By Margo Kingston May 3, 2013 Mr Anthony McClellan followed me this morning, after I tweeted on the #Ashby appeal. His invitation to talk. So I threw him some questions and he threw me some answers. We’ve published the interview for the record here. It is interesting that he chose to speak for Ashby lawyers Harmers on the $millions question of who is bankrolling Ashby’s case. The amount of damages awarded on court success could not cover the enormous costs involved, and perhaps not even the solicitor-client costs remaining if the Court ordered Slipper to pay party-party costs. Another mystery is why, if Harmers was carrying costs out of goodwill to […]






#Ashby appeal, Day 1






By Joan Evatt May 3, 2013 With the exception of Michael Harmer all the key players were there for the media to take quick photos and 15-second video grabs. Peter Slipper and James Ashby are starting to look a little frayed around the edges as they prepare to endure yet another round in this legal saga. Yesterday was the first day of a two-day hearing by the Full Court of the Federal Court. Justices Mansfield, Siopis and Gilmour are concurrently hearing both the application for leave to appeal along with the more substantive issues of the appeal itself. Justice Mansfield tipped the wink to the parties’ representatives as to how […]






Joan Evatt’s preview of #Ashby appeal






By Joan Evatt April 29, 2013 Editors note: Here is Joan’s preview of the appeals by Ashby and his lawyer Michael Harmer against the Justice Rares’ dismissal of Ashby’s sexual harassment claim against Slipper as an abuse of the judicial system. Joan will report the hearing for @NoFibs.  Her first report is here. Just when you think it is safe to re-enter still waters, the waves start to churn again. It’s a cause to pause. The matter of an application before the Court of Appeal to grant leave, and to consider reasons why Justice Rare’s decision in Ashby v Slipper should be overturned, will be heard this week. The next saga resulting […]






Questions for Mr Pyne






PYNE #ASHBY TWISTER: Can anyone draft a @QandA question Pyne can't find a way not to answer? http://t.co/4F1B9Shv — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 2, 2013 Mr Pyne, do you condone the theft of diaries from MPs? If not what action should be taken against people who request & receive stolen goods? What is your attitude to stealing the diary of an MP & giving it to his rivals? What is your attitude to someone receiving stolen property? Particularly if they confess to so doing? Do you support abusing the process of the Court? Do you believe being named in Federal Court indicating abuse of process warrants full and open press appearance? Mr Pyne, […]