News Limited's The Australian newspaper gets caught distorting known facts – again.
The Australian 8 January 2013:
Margot Kingston 8 January 2013:
Just to keep the record straight in the face of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's claim that these new allegations reflect on Australian Prime Minister Gillard's judgement (but apparently not on his own judgement or that of former Prime Minister Howard), herewith timeline information taken from the Parliament of Australia biography of the Hon. Peter Neil Slipper:
Elected to the House of Representatives for Fisher, Queensland, 1984 for the National Party of Australia. Defeated 1987.
Re-elected for the Liberal Party of Australia 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government Whip from 11.7.97 to 18.10.98.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration (Coalition Ministers John Fahey & Nick Minchin) from 21.10.98 to 26.10.04.
Acting Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister John Howard from 14.3.02 to 7.10.03.
Member, Liberal Party 1989-2008; Member, Liberal National Party of Queensland 2008-11.
Alternate Representative, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 1990-92.
Vice-Chairman, Liberal Party Sunshine Coast Zone 1990-92.
Membership Development Officer, Liberal Party Sunshine Coast Zone 1990-92.
Branch Vice-Chairman, Liberal Party 1991-92.
Delegate, Liberal Party and Liberal National Party State Conventions (Qld) 1990-2011.
Became an Independent MP from 24.11.2011.
On 7 January 2013 the Australian Federal Police served the legal representative of Mr Peter Slipper MP with a summons in relation to three offences of Dishonestly Causing a Risk of a Loss to the Commonwealth pursuant to section 135.1(5) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The same day The Sydney Morning Herald reported: