The Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation has cleared Member for Fisher and now House Speaker Peter Slipper of any wrongdoing linked to his entitlement spending and has concluded its investigation.
A complaint was received with respect to Mr Slipper’s spending for the period 01 Jul – 31 Dec 2009 and in accordance with the usual protocol the matter was investigated.
“While it has been hurtful to my family and me to read constantly in the media that I was ‘under investigation’, I am pleased that as expected my spending has been found to be in order” said Mr Slipper.
Mr Slipper said he was a strong supporter of openness and transparency where public money is concerned.
Mr Slipper, following the satisfactory outcome he fully expected, said he has put the matter behind him. He is now looking forward to continuing to be an effective Member for Fisher and Independent Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Westminster tradition.