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Ashby has three months to mount appeal against Slipper

JAMES Ashby has three months to mount his appeal against a court ruling that his sexual harassment case against former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper was politically motivated.

The former Slipper staffer is adamant the scathing judgement handed down by Justice Steven Rares failed to look at key points and claims there was a "determined campaign to try and prevent the substantive allegations from being heard and judged in open court".

In dismissing the case last December as an abuse of process, Justice Rares said he was satisfied the sexual harassment allegations were made for the "predominant purpose of causing significant, public, reputational and political damage to Mr Slipper".

He found Mr Ashby and fellow staffer Karen Doane had worked with Mr Slipper's political opponent for the seat of Fisher Mal Brough to "advance the interests" of the Liberal National Party.

Mr Slipper has since made costs application against Mr Ashby and his solicitor Michael Harmer.

Neither Mr Ashby nor Mr Slipper were in Federal Court on Friday, but their legal teams were sent away to agree on a hearing date in May.

The costs application involving Mr Harmer has been stood over until the Ashby appeal has been heard.

Mr Harmer claims politics played "absolutely no role" in his decision to represent Mr Ashby.

A hearing date for the appeal is expected to be set later on Friday.

Topics:  appeal court james ashby peter slipper sexual harassment


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