MP in call for AFP to take 'urgent' action on Brough

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PRESSURE is mounting for the Australian Federal Police to resume its investigation into Fisher Liberal candidate Mal Brough and other key LNP politicians.

Member for Moreton Graham Perrett has sent a lengthy letter to AFP commissioner Tony Negus.

The Labor MP is demanding the AFP resume its investigations into possible criminal activity surrounding the court action by James Ashby against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper.

He has requested the AFP "urgently conduct a formal investigation to determine whether Mr Brough, Ms (Julie) Bishop, Mr (Chris) Pyne, Mr Mark McArdle, Ms Karen Doane, Mr Eric Abetz and/or others have committed a criminal offence".

Mr Perrett said delaying the investigation wasn't only unnecessary, but also created an avenue for "vital evidence" to disappear.

His letter also has been launched as an online petition which gained 780 signatures in a matter of hours.

AFP commander Errol Raiser contacted Mr Perrett in February to advise it was suspending the investigation as the outcome of the leave to appeal related to the referral.

Former Slipper staffer James Ashby sought leave to appeal Justice Steven Rares' December ruling, which dismissed Mr Ashby's claim of sexual harassment by Mr Slipper.  Justice Rares also argued the purpose of the case was to "pursue a political attack on Mr Slipper" and argued Mr Ashby had worked with fellow staffer Karen Doane and Mr Brough to "advance the interests of the Liberal National Party and Mr Brough".

Mr Perrett, a former lawyer, has highlighted why delaying the investigation is not appropriate.

He said the full resolution of the appeal could be very lengthy. But "primarily" he believed the matter before the Federal Court was "completely different from the work of the Australian Federal Police in investigating any criminal conduct arising from Mr Ashby's now discredited allegations against Mr Slipper".

He said the investigation needed to be finalised before the September 14 federal election. The AFP said yesterday it was "considering the content of this letter" and it was not appropriate to comment further.

Mr Brough declined to comment.

Topics:  federal politics mal brough queensland politics

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