Attacks on maverick Queensland Liberal MP Peter Slipper have continued from yesterdayâ€™s salacious claims about his personal life and expenses claims published in the Courier-Mail and here on VEXNEWS.
One story, claimed by enthusiastic Liberals to have been repeated by lovable NSW Senator Bill Heffernan after a few sherbets, was doing the rounds yesterday and we should emphasise cannot be confirmed and sounds far too amusing to be true.
Indeed, when sources close to the good Senator were asked about it, it was most emphatically and absolutely denied.
The yarn goes that Hef told party room colleagues that he saw Slipper leaving Sydneyâ€™s Kingsford-Smith Airport one evening and thought it strange that he would be in Sin-City rather than head for home in Godâ€™s own country of Queensland.
Being the international man of mystery and inquiring mind that he is, the story goes that Hef had occasion to order his Comcar driver to â€œfollow that car.â€
Sources close to the Senator explain he has no Comcar entitlement to order cars around Sydney at random and emphatically deny that he did or ever would give such an instruction. One source insisted it was “absolute horsesh*t.” We should emphasise again that we make no allegation whatsoever that the Senator has ever or would ever give an improper instruction to a Comcar driver.
Hef â€“ and his driver â€“ the story goes â€“ followed Slipper throughout Sydneyâ€™s mean streets to his chosen destination which they insists was the â€œHellfire Clubâ€ in Sydney.
For those few VEXNEWS readers not familiar with the Club, it is apparently a â€˜dungeonâ€™ where all sorts of naughty things go on that it is too early in the morning to detail. Google will no doubt reveal all to those keen to know. We stopped reading when we noticed the address details emphasised that access was only possible via the â€˜rear entranceâ€™.
There is no doubt this story was doing the rounds yesterday as several of Slipperâ€™s opponents wanted to take him down and no doubt that it has been repeated to many far and wide. But it does seem highly unlikely that a federal MP would go straight from the Airport to such a place after an evening flight.
The story does however suggest just how difficult and ugly relations are right now between Slipper and his colleagues.
Steve Lewis of News Limited reports that Opposition Whip Warren Entsch has instructed colleagues to neither â€œcriticise or defendâ€ Slipper with Lewis suggesting Slipper might face â€œdisciplinary actionâ€ (not necessarily of the kind imagined by the ever-active mind of Liberal gossips and snoops).
Sources familiar with hard work and fortitude of Senator Heffernan insist that he is focused on the big issues facing the nation including the Murray-Darling Basin and the strength of Australian currency, not gutter politics.