TAXPAYERS will not be left holding Peter Slipper's legal bill.
Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon issued a brief statement on Thursday indicating Mr Slipper had not asked the commonwealth to pay for any legal expenses arising from the civil action brought against him by his former staffer James Ashby.
And even if he did ask, the request would be refused, Ms Roxon said.
Mr Ashby, 33, claims Mr Slipper sexually harassed him between January and March this year, a claim the Sunshine Coast MP denies.
Mr Slipper also denied allegations he misused taxpayer-funded Cabcharge dockets, an offence which, if proven, could carry criminal charges.