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Australian Politician and Independent member of Australian House of Representatives

  • Peter Neil Slipper is an independent member of the Australian House of Representatives.
  • He was born on 14 February 1950.
  • He is representing the Division of Fisher, Queensland since 1993.
  • He previously represented the same division for the Nationals from 1984 to 1987.
  • He was affiliated with the Liberal Party's Queensland division from 1993 until its merger with the Nationals' Queensland division to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland in 2008, continuing to sit in the federal Liberal Party room until he became an independent upon his election as Speaker in 2011.
  • He served as the 27th Speaker of the House of Representatives from 24 November 2011 to 9 October 2012, after serving as Deputy Speaker following the 2010 election.
  • He also served as a Parliamentary Secretary, Whip and Committee Chairman in the Howard government.
  • In April 2012 he stepped aside as Speaker while charges of fraud and sexual harassment were investigated.
  • On 9 October 2012 a motion of no confidence in Slipper as Speaker of the House was narrowly defeated. He resigned as Speaker several hours later.
  • In December 2012, he successfully argued that sexual abuse charges leveled at him were vexatious, and the case was dismissed.
  • In January 2013, he was summonsed to appear before court facing charges of dishonesty relating to alleged use of Cabcharge vouchers during 2010.

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