I refer to the article, “Jail a risk if Slipper wined, dined on public dime” (The Northern Daily Leader, January 9).
These allegations of rorting are based on events dating back to 2010 when Mr Slipper was a seven times pre-selected and an elected MP representing the Liberal Party in his Queensland electorate.
Why was the auditing of these travel allowances so lax in 2010?
It appears fresh Liberal Party aspiring politicians, armed with legal qualifications, have jumped on the “Persecute Slipper (Independent)” bandwagon by seemingly misrepresenting the evidence, possibly with the intention of prejudicing any future court hearing.
It certainly makes a boring alternative to proper political policy.
In the past I am reminded that when such “errors” have been brought to the attention of the respective MP, then the quantum has been quietly repaid from personal funds by the MP, sometimes with an admission of error in the house.
By all means, where travel allowance rorting exists it should be stopped by competent professional auditing of all the travel receipts from current parliamentarians.