Albanese, Gillard share concerns over Peter Slipper's health
CONCERNS over the health of embattled Member for Fisher Peter Slipper have been raised by a parliamentary colleague on the Sunshine Coast this morning.
At a press conference, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said his concerns for Mr Slipper's health came after a private conversation relating to last week's Federal court case, where allegations of sexual harassment against the MP were thrown out.
Judge Steven Rares reignited the political furore surrounding Mr Slipper when he threw out former Slipper staffer James Ashby's case on the grounds that it was an abuse of process.
The judge found Mr Ashby, another former Slipper staffer Karen Doane and Fisher pre-selection candidate Mal Brough had plotted to cause Mr Slipper maximum political and personal damage.
Mr Albanese said both he and the Prime Minister Julia Gillard had concerns for Mr Slipper's wellbeing.
"He has been under enormous pressure as a result of people putting forward allegations, which were put in the newspapers, then withdrawn, but after they had already been reported," he said.
"Mr Slipper, when I spoke with him, was certainly relieved about the decision."
Mr Albanese again called for Mr Brough to step down or be stood down by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
Mr Abbott is facing growing pressure to dump Mr Brough and explain his knowledge of the Peter Slipper scandal.