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The Slipper Scandal

September 7, 2014

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The Slipper Scandal – Part One

Reporter: Liz Hayes

Producer: Stephen Rice

It was one of the great political scandals of our time.

When Peter Slipper ratted on the Liberal Party and accepted the Speaker's job in Federal Parliament, he helped prop up a Labor Government that was on the verge of collapse.

The sexual harassment claim and publication of vile and disgusting text messages that soon followed, would destroy Slipper and further destabilise the minority Gillard government.

When the whistleblower and alleged victim decided against continuing his case, most thought that was the final chapter in a sordid and grubby political chapter.

60 Minutes reveals that The Slipper Scandal lives on, and festers inside the current government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

James Ashby, the man at the centre of those dramatic events breaks his silence for the first time.

What he tells Liz Hayes will rock the Abbott Government.


THE SECRET DIARY: Watch James Ashby read about his clandestine meetings.

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: James Ashby's parents call for an apology from Peter Slipper.

EXTRA MINUTES: James Ashby on the awkward moment his fellow plane passengers learned of the story.

THE SLIPPER SCANDAL: Learn the code names used by those trying to conceal their identities.

THE HUNGARY TRIP: Why did James Ashby ask to go on an overseas trip with Peter Slipper?


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