Peter Slipper in bid to have cab charges case thrown out

FORMER Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper has attempted to have the cab charges case against him thrown out, claiming it was an abuse of parliamentary privilege.

Mr Slipper was in Canberra Magistrates Court this morning facing three charges of falsifying cab charge documents during a series of visits to local wineries in 2010.

The former Speaker of the House, who has had trouble retaining counsel for the case, was reportedly represented by barrister Kylie Weston-Scheuber in court.

Ms Weston-Scheuber argued the Commonwealth's case against Mr Slipper was inherently unfair and based on an abuse of process.

Mr Slipper has maintained he was not afforded due process as other parliamentarians who have mistakenly misspent taxpayer entitlements were able to re-pay the money without court action.

Ms Weston-Scheuber asked the court for a permanent stay of the proceedings, as witnesses called could breach parliamentary privilege.

The case has been set down for seven days of hearings in Canberra Magistrates Court.

Topics:  expenses mps peter slipper sunshine coast

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