James Ashby likens Slipper saga to 'bad case of herpes'

THE former staffer of Peter Slipper at the centre of the ongoing controversy says he expects no issues to arise from recent AFP raids.

James Ashby, the man embroiled in the case of the Slipper diaries, which has engulfed Member for Fisher and current Special Minister of State Mal Brough, has slammed Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer and encouraged Mr Brough not to stand down.

Mr Ashby (pictured) came forward after Mr Palmer on Wednesday, under Parliamentary privilege, reignited debate are repeating claims Mr Brough had approached him in 2012 and asked Mr Palmer to bankroll Mr Ashby's legal battles in order to "destroy" Peter Slipper.

"The figures that Clive Palmer is quoting from yesterday wouldn't even cover a fifth of what my court costs were so I don't know where he's come up with that figure and I don't believe Mal Brough would've asked that question," Mr Ashby said.

"These words have been brought up years ago- nothing came of it then- I still strongly believe nothing will come from it in the future."

Mr Ashby's comments came as the ALP launched an all-out assault during Question Time, calling for Mr Brough to step aside while the matter is investigated by the AFP, and even pushing a censure motion against the Coast MP.

Mr Brough addressed Parliament, refusing to resign.

"Integrity is uppermost in everything I have ever done and everything I will ever do," he told the House.

Mr Ashby defended Mr Brough, and declared Labor's tactics as cheap, and a waste of Question Time.

"There's a title given to politicians and that is honourable," he said.

"There's only one politician that I know personally on the floor of the Canberra Parliament at this point that has genuinely earnt the title of honourable and that is Mal Brough. I don't see any reason why Mal Brough should stand down."

Mr Ashby said nothing had been taken from a recent AFP raid of his property and he was confident nothing would come out of the search; he even mentioned he scored an offer for coffee in Canberra with one of the AFP officers.

He said the ongoing saga was frustrating.

"Yeah this is like a bad case of herpes, it just keeps coming back," he said.


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