All a twitter about Abbott and that judgment
Tony Abbott Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
At the rate of 140 characters a tweet it is going to take a while but someone has taken it upon themselves to put on twitter the entire Federal Court judgment dismissing a sexual harassment claim by James Ashby, the former staffer to Peter Slipper.
The Coalition leader, Tony Abbott, arrived back in Australia from London on Thursday, and said he had read the judgment and that he stood by his previous comments when asked about it at a press conference.
Mr Abbott said on Wednesday he had not read the judgment although he had been briefed on it. Who created the twitter account some time this morning - and why - is unknown.
At an estimated 33,000 words the judgment will take a while to put into the twittersphere.
Since Mr Abbott was travelling for much of the past 24 hours he is less likely to have seen the tweets than the actual judgment which can be downloaded from the Federal Court’s website.
Last Wednesday, Federal Court Justice Steven Rares dismissed the claim made by Mr Ashby against the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Peter Slipper, saying the matter was an abuse of process with the main purpose of pursuing ‘‘a political attack’’ on the member for the Queensland seat of Fisher.
Justice Rares also found Mr Ashby acted ‘‘in combination’’ with another staffer, Karen Doane, and former Howard government minister Mal Brough to advance the interests of the former Howard government minister and the Queensland Liberal National Party.
Mr Abbott has stood by Mr Brough - who is the LNP candidate in Fisher - saying he acted ‘‘rightly at all times’’.