It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up…UPDATES ON HIS CONS


UPDATE 05/05/12

Peter Slipper pleaded to retain ongoing use of paper Cabcharge dockets.
NOW WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?

EMBATTLED Speaker Peter Slipper pleaded to retain ongoing use of paper Cabcharge dockets despite high-level government concerns they could be “easily misused”.

In the latest twist in the scandal that has engulfed the Gillard government, it can be revealed Mr Slipper personally challenged a ruling in April 2006 to scrap paper vouchers in favour of electronic cards.

The Queensland MP is under Australian Federal Police investigation over his use of Cabcharge and has stood aside as Speaker until the Cabcharge and sexual harassment allegations, both of which he denies, are investigated.

Mr Slipper – who has in the past been forced to repay more than $20,000 in entitlements – was one of only two federal MPs using paper Cabcharge dockets when the Finance Department recommended they be axed. Out of how many MP’s at Canberra and around the place…Remember this was in 2006. And he still clinged onto the SCAM potential up until the present day…

Using the excuse it was all the driver’s fault as they did not have the electronic gadgets to do instant, accurate and accountable dockets. This has suited this despicable excuse of an MP down to a T.

I have pages of stuff about his off the record journeys to purchase booze, drink booze, wine and dine and get pissed (not to mention doing the same in Parliament House for years…His exploits are legendary.

His bid to try to retain the dockets raised suspicions with Howard government figures keen to crackdown on misuse of travel entitlements.

In a memo, finance said the vouchers were open to abuse due to “unclear handwriting” and “inadequate information for reporting purposes”.

“Cabcharge vouchers are also very difficult to trace and, in the event of being lost or stolen, are easily misused,” the department said in a letter to then Special Minister of State Gary Nairn. Mr Slipper tried to persuade Mr Nairn to allow him to continue to use the paper dockets.

“I had a call from (Mr Slipper) arguing the case to keep Cabcharge vouchers,” Mr Nairn said yesterday.

On April 5, 2006, in an email headed: “Cabcharge voucher books”, Mr Slipper wrote: “Hi Gary, you will recall we spoke about this issue recently and (I) was wondering whether there had been a successful outcome? Peter.”

Mr Slipper, whose Queensland electorate of Fisher is about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane, argued that his hire car arrangements required the use of Cabcharge vouchers.

Mr Nairns’ staff contacted two limousine companies – including Mr Slipper’s preferred supplier Oakcorp – which both confirmed they accepted Cabcharge through electronic transactions.

Mr Nairn, who lost his seat in 2007, pointed to a range of flaws with the vouchers and told a Liberal colleague: “I really couldn’t justify keeping the voucher system going.”

The AFP is investigating claims Mr Slipper would sign Cabcharge vouchers but leave his long-term Sydney driver Antwan Kaikaty to fill out other details – including the amount.

The Speaker is also facing sexual harassment allegations after male adviser James Ashby launched legal action in the Federal Court.

Mr Slipper declined to comment on the claims last night and requested “copies of this correspondence and details of concerns of the Department of Finance”.

It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up. Here is an article from the Financial Review (who should know their stuff)

By Pamela Williams

Many dozens of limousine and taxi fares paid by the Speaker Peter Slipper for widely differing journeys in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Canberra have been for identical sums of money, raising new questions amid the cascading claims and allegations levelled against the most senior office-holder in the Australian Parliament in the past week.

An analysis by The Australian Financial Review  of taxi and limousine charges in 14 pages of documents released by the Department of Finance reveal what appear to be patterns in Cabcharge vouchers signed by Slipper in 2010 and 2011.

Sixteen different journeys taken by Slipper between January 2010 and January 2011 in Canberra, Sydney or Brisbane – with trips as varied as suburb-to-suburb, city-to-suburb or airport-to-suburb, and using seven different car or taxi companies – each cost $75.68.

For example, on a warm summer’s day (27 degrees) on Friday, January 8, 2010, the Sydney firm of RSL Cabs took Slipper on two trips: one from the airport to the city, and another from the city to the airport. In a striking coincidence, given the ebb and flow of Sydney’s traffic swarms, the fare each way was exactly $75.68.

It was perhaps an expensive run for Slipper, given the average taxi fare between downtown Sydney and the airport – while far from predictable – is about $30 to $40. It seemed unfortunate and almost against the odds for Slipper to take two taxis charging identical city-to-airport fares of $75.68 at different times, on the same day.

If Slipper were a betting man, he might have seen a sign that he could beats the odds when exactly a year later, back in Sydney, he took another RSL taxi on January 7, 2011 – noted suburbs-to-suburbs (but presumably different suburbs to a year before) – and the fare yet again was exactly $75.68.

Another 12 trips by Slipper between January 2010 and March 2011 all cost precisely $85.77 each. These ranged from a journey from Parliament House, Canberra, to the suburbs, three other trips described as suburbs-to-suburbs or suburbs-to-airport, using car companies as disparate as Babylon Investment Group, Canberra Hire Cars, Marcellus K Gill and Oakcorp Limousines, which services south-east Queensland.

In Canberra, Slipper took three trips using Canberra Hire Cars between November 2 and November 5, 2010, and each trip cost exactly $65.59.

A figure of $95.86 was the exact cost of 22 different trips by Slipper between March 2010 and March 2011. A trip on July 27, 2010, with his favoured Queensland limo service, Oakcorp Limousines, from Brisbane to the suburbs was paid by Slipper using his taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card. The bill was $95.86. The fare for a trip with Oakland Limo on March 19, 2011, from the airport to Brisbane was $95.86. The fare on January 20, 2010, from the Canberra suburbs to Parliament House was $95.86. So, too, was a trip on April 22, 2010, with Brisvegas Limos from the suburbs to Brisbane.

Slipper took 24 trips between February and July 2010 from his home in Buderim, Queensland, to Brisbane or Brisbane airport (or the other way from Brisbane to Buderim) where the fare was $327.95 on each occasion.

Five of these trips were with Lazmar Limousines and the other 19 trips were with Oakcorp limousines. The fares, however, were were all the same.

During the same time frame, Slipper took a further seven trips between Buderim and either Brisbane airport or Brisbane city, all with Oakcorp, with the exception of one ride with Lazmar. On all these trips – regardless of whether they were from Buderim to Brisbane or vice versa – the fare was exactly $338.05 each time, suggesting a most precise taxi meter operating in the vehicle.

During eight limo trips with Lazmar or Oakcorp between August 2010 and June 2011 (again Buderim-Brisbane, Brisbane-Buderim), the fare was exactly $287.59.

In 2010, trips on January 19, January 31, February 5, and March 6, using four car companies (A.L. Prosser, Babylon Investment Group, Marcellus K Gill, and Oakcorp Limousines) to be driven variously from Brisbane airport to the suburbs, as well as other suburb-to-suburb fares, all came to the same amount: $146.32. A year later, United Yellow Cabs SA took Slipper suburbs-to-suburbs, and that, too, was $146.32.

Slipper’s cars rarely list the suburbs he visits on his Cabcharge receipts unless the destination is Buderim or Brisbane. Seven trips in 2010 (January 19, 30, February 24, 27, March 19, July 11 and July 27) using cars in Canberra, Brisbane and elsewhere, stated only airport-to-suburbs, suburb-to-suburb, with one exception of Brisbane-to-suburbs – all with the same fare of $126.14.

Slipper’s drivers appear to have an almost eerie ability to take travel routes in different parts of Australia where the fares match up to the last cent. For example, on April 15, 2010, Darwin company Taxis Top End appeared on Slipper’s Cabcharge with a bill for $70.64. On November 2, 2010, Canberra Hire cars charged Slipper for a trip suburbs-to-city at $70.64. Just four months later on March 10, 2011, Babylon Investment Group appeared on Slipper’s taxi docket for a trip suburbs-to-suburbs at $70.64.

Slipper’s travel between his Buderim home and Brisbane by limousine, mostly using Oakcorp Limousines but sometimes using Lazmar, also revealed some surprising differentials.

The online calculator for Yellow Cabs in Queensland estimates the fare between Buderim and Brisbane at $215.

But on 70 trips taken between January and July 2010, Slipper paid fares ranging from $312.82 (nine trips) to $322.91 (eight trips), $327.95 (24 trips), $333.00 (nine trips), $338.05 (seven trips), $348.14 (five trips). All of these fares were paid with Slipper’s electronic Cabcharge card.

But Department of Finance records also list other fares using the same limousine service, Oakcorp Limousines, for travel between Buderim and Brisbane during 2010 and 2011 which Slipper paid with a Cabcharge docket filled out by hand.

Covering the period August 2010 to May 2011, the fares paid with paper dockets supplied to the cab driver by Slipper range from $236.36 (13 trips) to $245.45 (25 trips), $250.00 (eight trips), $254.55 (six trips), $259.09 (four trips), $263.64 (three trips) and $268.18 (three trips). These fares, paid manually, are almost $80 to $100 less than those paid electronically.

Slipper did not reply to questions last night about the reason for the disparity.

One astonishing overlap in Slipper’s travels occurred during a trip to Perth in the winter of 2010. On July 1, according to Freedom of Information records now unravelling Slipper’s travel, he arrived in Perth and took a cab from Swans Taxi Co-Op at 11.11am, travelling to East Perth and paying a fare of $40.36. Almost simultaneously, at 11.12am Slipper picked up an Avis hire car in Perth which he kept for several days, returning it on July 3 and paying $348.72.

Other oddities in Slipper’s hire car use have emerged in a Financial Review investigation. For November 14, 2010, Oakcorp Limousines submitted two manual vouchers signed by Slipper – both airport-to Brisbane on the same day, and both for $86.36.

Then on November 19, 2010, Slipper signed a manual docket for Oakcorp Limousines for travel from Brisbane to Buderim – at a cost of $86.36.

He also signed a manual docket for what appears to be a wholly different trip – from Brisbane airport to Brisbane for $245.45 – suggesting a mix-up in his dockets.

On February 5, 2011, Slipper signed an electronic Cabcharge bill for Lazmar Limousines for a trip from Brisbane to Brisbane airport – for $297.68 – a journey for which he usually paid between $68 and $86 (although regularly up to $136, an amount perhaps startling to Brisbanites).

On two consecutive days in July 2010, Slipper stacked up four limousine trips between Buderim and the airport or Brisbane CBD. Three of these took place on just one day, July 27. The records suggest that Slipper took a car from Buderim to the airport on July 26 (at a cost of $333). He presumably flew to Canberra. The next day, July 27, a commonwealth car took Slipper on a 34-minute trip early in the morning. He then flew back to Brisbane, where he took a limo from Brisbane airport to Buderim ($327.95).

Still on July 27, Slipper travelled from Buderim to Brisbane (348.14) before turning around to head back to Buderim ($343.09). He somehow also found time on the day to notch up two limousine trips between Brisbane and the suburbs ($126.14 and $95.86).

At the end of 2010, a rather more startling picture emerges.

According to the records, Slipper travelled on December 29, 2010, using Oakcorp Limousines from his home in Buderim to Brisbane. He paid using electronic Cabcharge a fare of $287.59. On the same day, December 29, 2010, Slipper also signed a manual Cabcharge to pay Oakcorp Limousines for the same trip from Buderim to Brisbane at a cost of $245.45. No records exist showing a return trip in between from Brisbane to Buderim.

The Speaker stood aside this week after a welter of allegations – yet to be tested in court – that he had abused his relationship of power with an adviser in his office.

The adviser, James Ashby, has filed a civil suit claiming that Slipper pressured him for favours during a string of encounters at Slipper’s Canberra flat and through text messaging. Ashby also alleged Slipper had handed bundles of Cabcharge dockets to car hire drivers in exchange for journeys taken earlier this year. These are separate from the travel records released by the Department of Finance, referred to here. The furore that has since enveloped Slipper has been enough to see him stand aside as Speaker, casting the minority Labor government into unknown territory as the federal budget looms.

Last night, though, Slipper released copies of the Cabcharge dockets he says were referred to in Ashby’s affidavit. He said they clearly show that he had signed and filled out all elements of the dockets himself in his own handwriting. He described the criminal allegation regarding the Cabcharges as a complete fabrication.

It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up. Here is an article from the Financial Review (who should know their stuff)

By Pamela Williams

Many dozens of limousine and taxi fares paid by the Speaker Peter Slipper for widely differing journeys in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Canberra have been for identical sums of money, raising new questions amid the cascading claims and allegations levelled against the most senior office-holder in the Australian Parliament in the past week.

An analysis by The Australian Financial Review  of taxi and limousine charges in 14 pages of documents released by the Department of Finance reveal what appear to be patterns in Cabcharge vouchers signed by Slipper in 2010 and 2011.

Sixteen different journeys taken by Slipper between January 2010 and January 2011 in Canberra, Sydney or Brisbane – with trips as varied as suburb-to-suburb, city-to-suburb or airport-to-suburb, and using seven different car or taxi companies – each cost $75.68.

For example, on a warm summer’s day (27 degrees) on Friday, January 8, 2010, the Sydney firm of RSL Cabs took Slipper on two trips: one from the airport to the city, and another from the city to the airport. In a striking coincidence, given the ebb and flow of Sydney’s traffic swarms, the fare each way was exactly $75.68.

It was perhaps an expensive run for Slipper, given the average taxi fare between downtown Sydney and the airport – while far from predictable – is about $30 to $40. It seemed unfortunate and almost against the odds for Slipper to take two taxis charging identical city-to-airport fares of $75.68 at different times, on the same day.

If Slipper were a betting man, he might have seen a sign that he could beats the odds when exactly a year later, back in Sydney, he took another RSL taxi on January 7, 2011 – noted suburbs-to-suburbs (but presumably different suburbs to a year before) – and the fare yet again was exactly $75.68.

Another 12 trips by Slipper between January 2010 and March 2011 all cost precisely $85.77 each. These ranged from a journey from Parliament House, Canberra, to the suburbs, three other trips described as suburbs-to-suburbs or suburbs-to-airport, using car companies as disparate as Babylon Investment Group, Canberra Hire Cars, Marcellus K Gill and Oakcorp Limousines, which services south-east Queensland.

In Canberra, Slipper took three trips using Canberra Hire Cars between November 2 and November 5, 2010, and each trip cost exactly $65.59.

A figure of $95.86 was the exact cost of 22 different trips by Slipper between March 2010 and March 2011. A trip on July 27, 2010, with his favoured Queensland limo service, Oakcorp Limousines, from Brisbane to the suburbs was paid by Slipper using his taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card. The bill was $95.86. The fare for a trip with Oakland Limo on March 19, 2011, from the airport to Brisbane was $95.86. The fare on January 20, 2010, from the Canberra suburbs to Parliament House was $95.86. So, too, was a trip on April 22, 2010, with Brisvegas Limos from the suburbs to Brisbane.

Slipper took 24 trips between February and July 2010 from his home in Buderim, Queensland, to Brisbane or Brisbane airport (or the other way from Brisbane to Buderim) where the fare was $327.95 on each occasion.

Five of these trips were with Lazmar Limousines and the other 19 trips were with Oakcorp limousines. The fares, however, were were all the same.

During the same time frame, Slipper took a further seven trips between Buderim and either Brisbane airport or Brisbane city, all with Oakcorp, with the exception of one ride with Lazmar. On all these trips – regardless of whether they were from Buderim to Brisbane or vice versa – the fare was exactly $338.05 each time, suggesting a most precise taxi meter operating in the vehicle.

During eight limo trips with Lazmar or Oakcorp between August 2010 and June 2011 (again Buderim-Brisbane, Brisbane-Buderim), the fare was exactly $287.59.

In 2010, trips on January 19, January 31, February 5, and March 6, using four car companies (A.L. Prosser, Babylon Investment Group, Marcellus K Gill, and Oakcorp Limousines) to be driven variously from Brisbane airport to the suburbs, as well as other suburb-to-suburb fares, all came to the same amount: $146.32. A year later, United Yellow Cabs SA took Slipper suburbs-to-suburbs, and that, too, was $146.32.

Slipper’s cars rarely list the suburbs he visits on his Cabcharge receipts unless the destination is Buderim or Brisbane. Seven trips in 2010 (January 19, 30, February 24, 27, March 19, July 11 and July 27) using cars in Canberra, Brisbane and elsewhere, stated only airport-to-suburbs, suburb-to-suburb, with one exception of Brisbane-to-suburbs – all with the same fare of $126.14.

Slipper’s drivers appear to have an almost eerie ability to take travel routes in different parts of Australia where the fares match up to the last cent. For example, on April 15, 2010, Darwin company Taxis Top End appeared on Slipper’s Cabcharge with a bill for $70.64. On November 2, 2010, Canberra Hire cars charged Slipper for a trip suburbs-to-city at $70.64. Just four months later on March 10, 2011, Babylon Investment Group appeared on Slipper’s taxi docket for a trip suburbs-to-suburbs at $70.64.

Slipper’s travel between his Buderim home and Brisbane by limousine, mostly using Oakcorp Limousines but sometimes using Lazmar, also revealed some surprising differentials.

The online calculator for Yellow Cabs in Queensland estimates the fare between Buderim and Brisbane at $215.

But on 70 trips taken between January and July 2010, Slipper paid fares ranging from $312.82 (nine trips) to $322.91 (eight trips), $327.95 (24 trips), $333.00 (nine trips), $338.05 (seven trips), $348.14 (five trips). All of these fares were paid with Slipper’s electronic Cabcharge card.

But Department of Finance records also list other fares using the same limousine service, Oakcorp Limousines, for travel between Buderim and Brisbane during 2010 and 2011 which Slipper paid with a Cabcharge docket filled out by hand.

Covering the period August 2010 to May 2011, the fares paid with paper dockets supplied to the cab driver by Slipper range from $236.36 (13 trips) to $245.45 (25 trips), $250.00 (eight trips), $254.55 (six trips), $259.09 (four trips), $263.64 (three trips) and $268.18 (three trips). These fares, paid manually, are almost $80 to $100 less than those paid electronically.

Slipper did not reply to questions last night about the reason for the disparity.

One astonishing overlap in Slipper’s travels occurred during a trip to Perth in the winter of 2010. On July 1, according to Freedom of Information records now unravelling Slipper’s travel, he arrived in Perth and took a cab from Swans Taxi Co-Op at 11.11am, travelling to East Perth and paying a fare of $40.36. Almost simultaneously, at 11.12am Slipper picked up an Avis hire car in Perth which he kept for several days, returning it on July 3 and paying $348.72.

Other oddities in Slipper’s hire car use have emerged in a Financial Review investigation. For November 14, 2010, Oakcorp Limousines submitted two manual vouchers signed by Slipper – both airport-to Brisbane on the same day, and both for $86.36.

Then on November 19, 2010, Slipper signed a manual docket for Oakcorp Limousines for travel from Brisbane to Buderim – at a cost of $86.36.

He also signed a manual docket for what appears to be a wholly different trip – from Brisbane airport to Brisbane for $245.45 – suggesting a mix-up in his dockets.

On February 5, 2011, Slipper signed an electronic Cabcharge bill for Lazmar Limousines for a trip from Brisbane to Brisbane airport – for $297.68 – a journey for which he usually paid between $68 and $86 (although regularly up to $136, an amount perhaps startling to Brisbanites).

On two consecutive days in July 2010, Slipper stacked up four limousine trips between Buderim and the airport or Brisbane CBD. Three of these took place on just one day, July 27. The records suggest that Slipper took a car from Buderim to the airport on July 26 (at a cost of $333). He presumably flew to Canberra. The next day, July 27, a commonwealth car took Slipper on a 34-minute trip early in the morning. He then flew back to Brisbane, where he took a limo from Brisbane airport to Buderim ($327.95).

Still on July 27, Slipper travelled from Buderim to Brisbane (348.14) before turning around to head back to Buderim ($343.09). He somehow also found time on the day to notch up two limousine trips between Brisbane and the suburbs ($126.14 and $95.86).

At the end of 2010, a rather more startling picture emerges.

According to the records, Slipper travelled on December 29, 2010, using Oakcorp Limousines from his home in Buderim to Brisbane. He paid using electronic Cabcharge a fare of $287.59. On the same day, December 29, 2010, Slipper also signed a manual Cabcharge to pay Oakcorp Limousines for the same trip from Buderim to Brisbane at a cost of $245.45. No records exist showing a return trip in between from Brisbane to Buderim.

The Speaker stood aside this week after a welter of allegations – yet to be tested in court – that he had abused his relationship of power with an adviser in his office.

The adviser, James Ashby, has filed a civil suit claiming that Slipper pressured him for favours during a string of encounters at Slipper’s Canberra flat and through text messaging. Ashby also alleged Slipper had handed bundles of Cabcharge dockets to car hire drivers in exchange for journeys taken earlier this year. These are separate from the travel records released by the Department of Finance, referred to here. The furore that has since enveloped Slipper has been enough to see him stand aside as Speaker, casting the minority Labor government into unknown territory as the federal budget looms.

Last night, though, Slipper released copies of the Cabcharge dockets he says were referred to in Ashby’s affidavit. He said they clearly show that he had signed and filled out all elements of the dockets himself in his own handwriting. He described the criminal allegation regarding the Cabcharges as a complete fabrication.

One thought on “It is funny how anything Peter Slipper says Just does not seem to add up…UPDATES ON HIS CONS

  1. Out of how many MP’s at Canberra and around the place, PLEADED TO RETAIN THE PAPER DOCKETS? Remember this was in 2006. And he still clinged onto the SCAM potential up until the present day…AND NOW BLAMES THE LIMO DRIVERS FOR NOT HAVING THE TECH…

    He loved it when they had no hand held devices, it meant he had pass go for $200 infinite times over once he got away with “suburb to suburb” type dockets…

    Friggin greedy bastard was on a hundred and fifty thousand plus dollars going back years…

    Why the tight ass act you ask?

    Because it hid his sojourns to get pissed, to visit boyfriends, to basically live the secret life he so wanted to keep hidden from all and sundry…

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