Peter Slipper heading overseas again
THE scandal of sexual harassment allegations has not stopped Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper's big spending ways, it seems.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph is reporting today that Mr Slipper has pocketed $173,000 for entertaining dignitaries and visiting four foreign lands since he was last in Parliament almost 190 days ago.
Mr Slipper, whose salary alone costs taxpayers almost $1000 a day, is set for another trip, this time leading a delegation of federal MPs to an "Inter-Parliamentary Union' meeting in Canada and Argentina.
The trips are designed to improve relationships between countries and parliaments as well as promoting best practice by the Australian parliament.
But according to the News Ltd report, delegates have raised questions about Mr Slipper leading such trips given allegations that he sexually harassed his young male adviser James Ashby.
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Mr Slipper has vehemently denied the allegations, despite text messages allegedly between himself and Mr Ashby.
The Sunshine Coast MP has been on full pay since he was stood down as Speaker by Prime Minister Julia Gillard after public outrage against the MP.
Mr Slipper has been under investigation by the Sunshine Coast Daily for more than two years over his shocking record on spending taxpayers' money on interstate trips, Comcars, taxis, and overseas trips.
Investigations by the Daily's editor at large Bill Hoffman sparked national interest in Mr Slipper's affairs and contributed to the Daily winning PANPA Newspaper of the Year for the past two years.
Mr Slipper, who has been laying low on the Coast since the sex scandal broke, has refused to comment on the latest concerns, instead referring News Ltd's inquiry to the Parliament's International and Community Relations Office.
The Daily has had similar problems in getting answers out of the MP's office in relation to ongoing questions about expense anomalies, including trips to Sydney and Canberra when Parliament was not even sitting.
Mr Slipper has continually flown to Canberra via Sydney with taxi records showing late night visits to restaurants and drinking venues.
He has previously denied having a drinking problem but MPs have told the Daily of Mr Slipper drinking excessive amounts of red wine, being drunk and falling asleep in Parliament.
Mr Slipper is facing an ongoing Australian Federal Police investigation over allegations that he claimed expenses he was not entitled to claim.
The Sunshine Coast MP's sexual harassment case is due to return to court in October.