In Politics, Slush Happens

By Mike Seccombe Source: The Global Mail November 29, 2012 Extract 1: Abbott insisted the whole thing was done at his own initiative, and that neither John Howard nor anyone else in the government had been involved. Said Abbott in our interview: “There was myself and two other trustees. We raised … it may not have been $100,000 but it was certainly close to $100,000 and the job of Australians For Honest Politics was to fund court cases against One Nation.” He said most of the money had been spent trying, unsuccessfully, to get another One Nation defector, Hanson’s former private secretary Barbara Hazelton, to take legal action to stop the payment […]

Abbott set up slush fund to ruin Hanson

Abbott set up slush fund to ruin Hanson By Mike Seccombe Source: SMH August 26, 2003 One of the Howard Government’s most senior ministers last night revealed he raised nearly $100,000 to lay the groundwork for Pauline Hanson’s prosecution for electoral fraud. The Minister for Workplace Relations, Tony Abbott, admitted setting up a trust, Australians for Honest Politics, from donations to pay for legal actions against Hanson and her party, One Nation. He had also organised a separate “donor” to support a One Nation dissident, Terry Sharples, in seeking an injunction to block One Nation from receiving public electoral funds. Mr Abbott said the money was promised to cover Mr Sharples […]