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Slipper claims must be tested

THE government says allegations of sexual harassment by Speaker Peter Slipper should be tested in court without political interference.

Mr Slipper has denied claims published in News Limited newspapers on Saturday that he sexually harassed a male staffer and misused Cabcharges.

The civil claims against Mr Slipper, made in court documents obtained by the newspaper, allege he recruited 33-year-old James Ashby to pursue a sexual relationship with him.

The application filed to the Federal Court reportedly says Mr Slipper allegedly made unwelcome advances toward Mr Ashby and sent him explicit text messages making his sexual intentions clear.

Mr Slipper took to Twitter early on Saturday morning to deny the claims. He is currently overseas.


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