It seems like the wind is now blowing against the opposition leader Tony Abbott. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard posed a challenged for him to come out clean and give details to the public regarding the recent sexual harassment allegations being brought forward by former staffer James Ashby, Big Pond News reported on Monday.
Mr. Abbott opted to use 'weasel words' by saying he had no idea about the details of the case brought by former staffer James Ashby, the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement on Monday. This is after Abbott didn’t answer directly questions (or hasn’t given any answer at all) that were thrown to him by the members of the press.
Aside from claiming Mr. Abbott was deliberately making an ambiguous statement on the case, Ms. Gillard also requested the Liberals to disqualify Mal Brough as representative of the Liberal National Party (LNP) after the Federal Court dismissed the case.
The Prime Minister considered it an abuse of process meant to pursue a political assault against Mr. Slipper, and she believed that Mr. Brough has something to do with it.
Former Howard government minister Mr. Brough had allegedly worked with Justice Rares, along with another person as the proceedings commenced, in an attempt to protect the welfare of the LNP and Mr. Brough himself, according to Mr. Ashby. But Mr. Abbott firmly denied he was aware of the details on Mr. Ashby's claims until they were disseminated by the news media on the 21st of April.
But then again, the Prime Minister insisted Mr. Abbott needs to clean up the mess his political party brought after tolerating the Federal Court's decision on the case, which according to Ms. Gillard, an adverse judgment. She further challenged Mr. Brough and other coalition members with knowledge on the matter to come forward and expound their dispositions to end all speculations. Ms. Gillard is purportedly accusing Mr. Brough for using this case in order to influence the balance of authority in the federal parliament.