Thursday, 26 April 2012

Peter Slipper Cabcharge Dockets. Is somebody having a lend of APN journalists?

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:

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


Clarrie Rivers said...

Word aroud the Clarence valley is that the local rag's due for a name change. The lads at the table of knowledge have been referring to it as The Daily Exaggerator for some time; elsewhere it's referred to as The Daily Exterminator. This post provides enough evidence to say Exaggerator has to be the preferred title.

sue said...

clarencegirl i had read that story from the cabbie BUT northcoast voices is the only place that i have read that checked it out. thank you i will link your article to another blog

Anonymous said...

Did any notice that the Tele story mentioned also got the date of one cab journey wrong?