Ashby to lose government job in wake of Slipper resignation

PETER Slipper will take a $143,000 annual pay cut after he resigned as Speaker of the Parliament House on Tuesday night.

But while the Member for Fisher will continue to pocket $190,550 from the crossbench, his staff will not fare as well.

As Speaker Mr Slipper was entitled to five personal staff, including James Ashby, all of whom have lost their jobs.

Each staff member will be entitled to at least two weeks' notice, accrued annual leave and other entitlements.

The Sunshine Coast MP will, of course, retain his four electorate staff.

Mr Ashby launched a civil action against Mr Slipper in April over allegations of sexual harassment.

Text messages Mr Slipper sent to Mr Ashby were tendered in the Federal Court last week, which led to Tuesday's resignation.

Mr Ashby late last month reached a $50,000 settlement with the Federal Government, which he was suing for failing to provide a safe workplace.

A letter to Mr Ashby from the Australian Government Solicitor detailing the conditions of the settlement revealed he would no longer have a job when Mr Slipper ceased being Speaker.

The letter, penned on September 26, indicated Mr Slipper vacating the chair was "likely to occur" either before or at the next election.

Mr Ashby's spokesman declined to comment when contacted by APN Newsdesk on Wednesday.



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