It’s about to get rough for Mal Brough
It’s about to get rough for Mal Brough, and when the going gets rough the tough get Brough.
So far, the Minister for upholding ethical standards in Parliament has managed to survive relatively unscathed in the wake of accusations that he procured the sleaze-ridden James Ashby to obtain former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper’s diary as part of a Liberal Party plot to over throw the then Labor government, however things are about to reach fever pitch as shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus accuses Mr Brough of “slithering and sliding” around his role in the Ashby-Slipper affair.
“At the very least he must stand aside,” Mr Dreyfus told a Gutter Trash correspondent earlier this morning.
The demand comes as 60 Minutes debunked the besieged minister’s claim in parliament on Tuesday that a television interview, in which he admitted to asking James Ashby to obtain copies of ex-Speaker Peter Slipper’s diary, was edited.
HE MISLED PARLIAMENT!
A raw copy of the interview last year shows journalist Liz Hayes stumbling at the start of the disputed question.
“Um why then also did you um assist, seek well, did you ask James Ashby to procure um copies of Peter Slipper’s diary for you?” Hayes asked.
Mr Brough replied: “Yes I did”.
However, the minister told parliament “what was put to air was not the full question”.
Mr Dreyfus said it appeared Mr Brough has misled parliament.
“Yesterday he went to a new low, blaming journalists alleging falsely, as it turns out, that there had been a selective editing of the question he’d been asked.”
Labor has been pursuing the minister in parliament over a police investigation into how copies of Mr Slipper’s diary were procured by Mr Ashby, a staffer of the then Speaker.
“He’s been slithering and sliding around, giving different answers on each day,” Mr Dreyfus said.
Mr Dreyfus said Mr Brough had never given a full account of his involvement in the “grubby Ashby affair”.
“He has shown himself to be someone that cannot even answer a straight question.”
Meanwhile, former PM Tony ‘there will be no backgrounding or sniping’ Abbott has called Julie Bishop a ‘[fucking bitch of a] liar’ over her ‘recollection’ of events leading up to his unceremonious dumping of PM’ship back whenever it was…
Obviously no love lost there.