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Peter Slipper to come face-to-face with former adviser

Peter Slipper.
Peter Slipper.

PETER Slipper will come face-to-face with one of the people he has accused of masterminding his demise in a New South Wales federal court today.

Karen Doane, his former media adviser, will meet the former Speaker and former Member for Fisher to try to mediate a solution in her extensive sexual harassment, victimisation and breach of contract claim.

She has also filed an application alleging unlawful discrimination under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

The claim was lodged in February by Michael Harmer, the same lawyer James Ashby used in his sexual harassment case.

Ms Doane is claiming damages for the "offence, humiliation, distress and anxiety" allegedly suffered in her five months in Mr Slipper's employ.

In August, she applied for the matter to be referred for mediation before a Registrar of the Court.

This is what will be heard behind closed doors today.

Mr Slipper's lawyer, Simon Berry, said in court documents the case should be dismissed on the grounds Ms Doane's purpose was to vilify Mr Slipper. He said yesterday while Mr Slipper welcomed the opportunity to mediate the matter, "equally Mr Slipper welcomes the opportunity to defend himself".

It is expected Ms Doane will put figures on the table as to how much she hopes to claim for the damages she alleges she suffered.

Mr Slipper was forced to step aside from his cherished role as Federal Speaker and later resigned on October 9, 2012, following the allegations of sexual harassment and further claims of abuse of cab charges.

Mr Ashby dropped his sexual harassment case in June.

Mr Slipper was found guilty of dishonestly using about $900 worth of entitlements in the ACT Magistrates Court on July 29 and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service on September 23.

His appeal will be heard on December 17 and 19.

Neither Mr Slipper nor Mr Harmer returned the Daily's calls yesterday.

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