Psst! Did you hear that a friend of a friend of a friend of my brother who lives somewhere in Queensland unlawfully used a Peter Slipper CabCharge docket?
That appears to be how ridiculous the media rumour mill is becoming.
The latest to come to my attention is this little gem up on multiple APN newspaper websites, including The Daily Examiner:
A former Sunshine Coast cabbie has revealed how he picked up a girl in Mooloolaba who paid for her fare using a blank Cabcharge docket from Mr Slipper's office. The transaction happened late on Saturday night on October 23, 2010.
The cabbie went on to say he thought it was "strange" at the time.
Strange is not the word for this story, because presumably a copy of the alleged Cabcharge docket would have had to eventually find its way to the Department of Finance and Deregulation and, this does not appear to have happened according to available records covering 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2011.
Not only did this not happen, but the Department has no record of any travel on 23 October 2010. Either by taxi using a Slipper Cabcharge docket which would have to be swiped with his card to be valid (see example below) or indeed by hire car or Commonwealth car.
So the question is: Why on earth didn’t any APN newspaper check with the official website - which posted Land transport travel records for Hon. Peter Slipper, Member for Fisher, for period 1 January 2010 – 30 June 2011 on 10 April 2012 - fourteen days before The Daily Examiner et al began spreading such nonsense?
Copy of a Slipper Cabcharge docket posted at Scribd