Slipper failed to list expenses

PETER Slipper in January failed to acknowledge $13,392 worth of expenses claimed through the Department of the House of Representatives.

The amount was missed in a statement Mr Slipper released telling "the facts, not fiction" about his spending.

The detail of the extra "dip" he was receiving from taxpayers required a Freedom of Information request after the disgraced Speaker failed to respond to questions from the Sunshine Coast Daily.

At the same time in January, Mr Slipper also released a statement claiming to have been cleared over his entitlement claims for the period July 1-December 31, 2009, which included extraordinary claims for ground and air transport.

He ignored requests to provide evidence of that clearance. The Department of Finance would only say it had concluded an investigation into Mr Slipper's spending.

The Sunshine Coast Daily filed an FOI request for the department's report and received a decision that it should be largely released.

That decision was overturned on appeal by a third party, an internal review finding that the release would or could prejudice Mr Slipper's right to a fair trial if one was to follow the current Australian Federal Police investigation into his use of Cabcharge dockets.

The decision appears to contradict a statement released on January 30 by Mr Slipper in which he said: "The Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation has cleared Member for Fisher and now House Speaker Peter Slipper of any wrongdoing linked to his entitlement spending and has concluded its investigation.

"While it has been hurtful to my family and me to read constantly in the media that I was 'under investigation', I am pleased that as expected my spending has been found to be in order".

As well as the AFP investigation into his use of cab dockets Mr Slipper is defending a civil action of sexual harassment brought by staffer James Ashby.



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