The federal government has ruled out paying Peter Slipper’s legal costs in the case brought by his former staff member.
Attorney General said the Speaker will receive no assistance in the sexual harassment case, nor has any specific request been made to the government to meet his legal costs, she said.
Roxon said the parliamentary entitlements regulations did not allow for the Speaker’s legal fees to be met.
“As Slipper is neither a Minister nor a Parliamentary Secretary, his legal costs could not be paid under those regulations,” she said.
“If a request is made in future for such costs to be met by Government, it would be declined.”
Her comments comes after opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis wrote to Roxon this week demanding taxpayers should not pay for the legal case.
Roxon added that the Commonwealth is a respondent in this matter.
“The Commonwealth’s response to the complaint will be considered based on legal advice.”
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