Find Ashby and find some facts – the D&M Newshound Challenge

You might recall I said in my rant about the #AshbyInquiryNow campaign that: “there is much that is just plain wrong in the Slipper/Ashby saga: the Coalition turned a blind eye for many years to Slipper’s suspected abuse of entitlements; the Government chose him as Speaker despite similar knowledge; Ashby deceived and manipulated, giving little mind to the potential personal cost on others; and Brough has not yet been called to account for his involvement in Ashby’s scheme.” Many comments followed the post, here and on Twitter, and there has been a genuine attempt to identify ways to address the latter points. While we might disagree on some things, Margo Kingston and I do agree that the Federal Court’s judgement raises matters for which Ashby and Brough must provide explanations. While the procurement and provision of Slipper’s diary might attract legal charges, it seems unlikely that any will arise from the abuse of court processes that was identified by Justice Rares. Margo has already challenged the Sunshine Coast Daily to tackle Brough on his involvement with Ashby’s complaint. But where is Ashby? Is his announced appeal against Rares’ findings actually a strategy to deflect media attention until some other political drama arises? Or is the media avoiding him anyway, in the same fashion they avoided anything other than scant coverage of the Federal Court judgement? I’ve said I’d support actions that have substance and deal with known rather than suspected […]

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