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Morgan smashes England to thrilling T20 victory

Morgan, who had scored only 198 runs in 10 one-day international innings since returning from injury in March, smashed 71 off 31 balls including seven sixes and three fours, as England posted a daunting 180 for seven wickets in their 20 overs.


In reply, another batsman out of sorts this summer – Virat Kohli – led the India charge but his 66 off 41 balls and 27 off 18 by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the death could not clinch victory for India who finished on 177 for five.

Ajinkya Rahane took a T20 record-equalling four catches, including a stunning running, diving effort to dismiss Alex Hales (40) but India’s bowling took a battering late on, conceding 81 runs off the last five overs as Morgan and Ravi Bopara ran riot.

Bopara added 21 off 9 balls with three fours and a six while Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian attack, taking three for 38.

“It was awesome, games like this are great for a team like ourselves as we’re learning, and we’ve held our own against some of the best in the world – [Harry] Gurney, [Chris] Woakes and [Steven] Finn came up trumps,” Morgan told the BBC.

“You’ve very little margin for error with someone like Dhoni at the crease. To come out with a win today, the guys should be proud of themselves.

“It was nice to get some runs today, I was striking it really well and targeting the short boundaries. People will leave the ground, and leave their television sets, with a smile on their face.”

England smashed 17 runs off the first over with 24-year-old debutant Jason Roy and Hales starting aggressively. But South Africa-born Roy was first to go for eight, chipping to Rahane at cover off Shami.

Two balls later Moeen Ali fell for a duck – caught again by Rahane off Mohit Sharma – then Hales and Joe Root steadied the ship, putting on 48 before Hales fell.

Root, a century-maker in the final one-day international between the sides, was well caught by Ambati Rayudu for 26 as Morgan led the final onslaught.

India’s reply got off to a poor start, Rahane lasting four balls, bowled by Ali, before Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan led the India charge.

Kohli and Dharwan put on 79 in nine overs before Chris Woakes bowled Dharwan.

Kohli survived a difficult catch to Harry Gurney when on 65 but fell one run later, tucked up by Steve Finn and caught in the deep by Hales.

India were always up with the scoring rate but a mix-up between Dhoni and Ravindra Jadaja seemed to have ended their hopes before Dhoni set about Woakes in the final over with India still 17 runs short.

Dhoni smashed 12 off the first four balls before Woakes managed to subdue the India skipper and Englnd scraped home before a packed crowd.

(Reporting By Tony Goodson; editing by Justin Palmer)

26/02/2019 0

Joan Rivers gets star-studded New York funeral

Film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Jessica Parker joined Rivers’ daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper at the hour-long, private service at Temple Emanu-El on 5th Avenue.


Comedian Kathy Griffin also attended alongside tycoon Donald Trump, TV legend Barbara Walters and Rivers’ co-host on TV show Fashion Police Kelly Osbourne.

The service at one of America’s oldest reform synagogues was by invitation only.

Police shut down the sidewalk and PR women armed with clipboards checked guests’ IDs.

A huge scrum of paparazzi, TV cameras and journalists camped out across the street and hundreds of fans lined the street five or six deep to watch guests arrive from behind metal railings.

Rivers, 81, died on Thursday in hospital a week after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a private clinic.

In her 2013 book I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me, she said she wanted “a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action” – the paragraph of which was re-produced inside the funeral program.

“I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way,” she wrote.

Actor Hugh Jackman sang – reportedly Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage – and Broadway actress Audra McDonald also performed.

The service opened with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and closed with the bagpipe band of New York City Police Department.

Tributes came from Melissa, friend Margie Stern and gossip columnist Cindy Adams.

Melissa, wearing a black dress and large black sunglasses, was cheered by Rivers’ fans as she pulled away in a black limo after the service.

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Ricciardo fifth behind Mercedes one-two

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has had his slim chance of winning the Formula One title further dented following a fifth-placed finish at the Italian Grand Prix, with Mercedes completing a dominant one-two finish.


Two weeks after their collision at the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were on speaking terms again on Sunday, putting on a united front for Mercedes after the team’s seventh one-two triumph of the year.

Ricciardo, who had won the Hungarian and Belgian races but qualified ninth fastest at Monza, moved up four places to finish fifth – one spot ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished third and fourth respectively.

Ricciardo remains in third spot in the championship on 166 points, but seemingly out of the race for the title behind Hamilton (216 points) and leader Rosberg (238 points) with six races remaining.

Hamilton, aggressive and flawless, drove with great speed and daring to turn a poor start, when he dropped to fourth from pole position, into the 28th win of his career to trim the German’s lead in the title race from 29 points to 22.

Rosberg, who buckled under pressure and locked up twice at the first chicane while leading, ended up 3.1 seconds adrift in second place and, as at Spa-Francorchamps, was booed by some of the crowd during the prize-giving on the podium.

Hamilton reacted by applauding Rosberg and speaking generously for the Mercedes team, which, on Friday, had made clear that their drivers’ jobs were in danger if they allowed their rivalry to spin out of control again.

“Of course, we are still friends,” Hamilton said. “We’re teammates and we always will be…”

The words came easily but did not match the mood after a tense race that saw Hamilton regain some ground and Massa deliver his first podium finish since joining Williams from Ferrari.

Massa came third, 25 seconds adrift of Hamilton, ahead of his Williams teammate Bottas, Ricciardo and his Red Bull teammate four-time champion Vettel.

The top four were all powered by Mercedes engines and Williams’ success, in taking third and fourth, lifted them to third ahead of Ferrari in constructors’ championship.

Hamilton, whose front wing was changed on the grid, was advised by the team to drop back from Rosberg, to avoid losing time in his tow, but instead he pushed.

“They said that I should stay back, but from experience, I knew that wasn’t the way forward, so I chose another route,” he said.

He pushed, applied pressure and, on lap 29, Rosberg cracked and ran straight on at the first chicane.

It was Hamilton’s second win at Monza and his sixth victory of 2014, recharging his momentum for the final six races of the season.

Rosberg was disappointed, but diplomatic.

“Well done guys on a deserved one-two,” he said on the team radio.

“It’s a good result for the team. Sorry to the guys on my side of the garage. It’s a shame.”

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We don’t need no (moral) education? Five things you should learn about ethics

By Patrick Stokes, Deakin University

The human animal takes a remarkably long time to reach maturity.


And we cram a lot of learning into that time, as well we should: the list of things we need to know by the time we hit adulthood in order to thrive – personally, economically, socially, politically – is enormous.

But what about ethical thriving? Do we need to be taught moral philosophy alongside the three Rs?

Ethics has now been introduced into New South Wales primary schools as an alternative to religious instruction, but the idea of moral philosophy as a core part of compulsory education seems unlikely to get much traction any time soon. To many ears, the phrase “moral education” has a whiff of something distastefully Victorian (the era, not the state). It suggests indoctrination into an unquestioned set of norms and principles – and in the world we find ourselves in now, there is no such set we can all agree on.

Besides, in an already crowded curriculum, do we really have time for moral philosophy? After all, most people manage to lead pretty decent lives without knowing their Sidgewick from their Scanlon or being able to spot a rule utilitarian from 50 yards.

But intractable moral problems don’t go away just because we no longer agree how to deal with them. And as recent discussions on this site help to illustrate, new problems are always arising that, one way or another, we have to deal with. As individuals and as participants in the public space, we simply can’t get out of having to think about issues of right and wrong.

Yet spend time hanging around the comments section of any news story with an ethical dimension to it (and that’s most of them), and it quickly becomes apparent that most people just aren’t familiar with the methods and frameworks of ethical reasoning that have been developed over the last two and a half thousand years. We have the tools, but we’re not equipping people with them.

So, what sort of things should we be teaching if we wanted to foster “ethical literacy”? What would count as a decent grounding in moral philosophy for the average citizen of contemporary, pluralistic societies?

What follows is in no way meant to be definitive. It’s not based on any sort of serious empirical data around people’s familiarity with ethical issues. It’s a just tentative stab (wait, can you stab tentatively?) at a list of things people should ideally know about ethics, and based, on what I see in the classroom and, online, often don’t.

1. Ethics and morality are (basically) the same thing

Many people bristle at the word “morality” but are quite comfortable using the term “ethical”, and insist there’s some crucial difference between the two. For instance, some people say ethics are about external, socially imposed norms, while morality is about individual conscience. Others say ethics is concrete and practical while morality is more abstract, or is somehow linked to religion.

Out on the value theory front lines, however, there’s no clear agreed distinction, and most philosophers use the two terms more or less interchangeably. And let’s face it: if even professional philosophers refuse to make a distinction, there probably isn’t one there to be made.

2. Morality isn’t (necessarily) subjective

Every philosophy teacher probably knows the dismay of reading a decent ethics essay, only to then be told in the final paragraph that, “Of course, morality is subjective so there is no real answer”. So what have the last three pages been about then?

There seems to be a widespread assumption that the very fact that people disagree about right and wrong means there is no real fact of the matter, just individual preferences. We use the expression “value judgment” in a way that implies such judgments are fundamentally subjective.

Sure, ethical subjectivism is a perfectly respectable position with a long pedigree. But it’s not the only game in town, and it doesn’t win by default simply because we haven’t settled all moral problems. Nor does ethics lose its grip on us even if we take ourselves to be living in a universe devoid of intrinsic moral value. We can’t simply stop caring about how we should act; even subjectivists don’t suddenly turn into monsters.

3. “You shouldn’t impose your morality on others” is itself a moral position.

You hear this all the time, but you can probably spot the fallacy here pretty quickly: that “shouldn’t” there is itself a moral “shouldn’t” (rather than a prudential or social “shouldn’t,” like “you shouldn’t tease bears” or “you shouldn’t swear at the Queen”). Telling other people it’s morally wrong to tell other people what’s morally wrong looks obviously flawed – so why do otherwise bright, thoughtful people still do it?

Possibly because what the speaker is assuming here is that “morality” is a domain of personal beliefs (“morals”) which we can set aside while continuing to discuss issues of how we should treat each other. In effect, the speaker is imposing one particular moral framework – liberalism – without realising it.

4. “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “right”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Something’s being “natural” (if it even is) doesn’t tell us that it’s actually good. Selfishness might turn out to be natural, for instance, but that doesn’t mean it’s right to be selfish.

This gets a bit more complicated when you factor in ethical naturalism or Natural Law theory, because philosophers are awful people and really don’t want to make things easy for you.

5. The big three: Consequentialism, Deontology, Virtue Ethics

There’s several different ethical frameworks that moral philosophers use, but some familiarity with the three main ones – consequentialism (what’s right and wrong depends upon consequences); deontology (actions are right or wrong in themselves); and virtue ethics (act in accordance with the virtues characteristic of a good person) – is incredibly useful.

Why? Because they each manage to focus our attention on different, morally relevant features of a situation, features that we might otherwise miss.

So, that’s my tentative stab (still sounds wrong!). Do let me know in the comments what you’d add or take out.


This is part of a series on public morality in 21st century Australia. We’ll be publishing regular articles on morality on The Conversation in the coming weeks.

Patrick Stokes does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

26/02/2019 0

Lipsky beats Storm at European Masters

American David Lipsky has opened his European Tour account with a playoff victory over overnight leader Graeme Storm at the European Masters in Crans-Montana.


Lying fourth, three shots off Storm after the third round, Lipsky parred the first sudden death hole, with Storm making a five after his wayward tee shot ended up nestling against a wall.

The pair had both ended the regulation 72 holes with an 18-under par total of 262.

Storm, who won a BMW for a hole in one 24 hours earlier, had kept his cool to par the 18th hole and remain level with Lipsky, who went round in a five-under 65.

Lipsky, playing in the penultimate group, birdied the 18th with an approach to within inches of the hole.

That left Storm, who aced the par three 11th on Saturday, needing a three for victory but he played safe to set up the play-off.

The 26-year-old Lipsky was only the second American to win the Swiss event after Craig Stadler back in 1985.

Storm and Lipsky were one shot ahead of Brooks Koepka, who was tied for the lead with Storm until a bogey on the 17th where his approach plugged in a greenside bunker, and Tyrrell Hatton, who ended with a 65.

Richard Green was the best-placed Australian, ending the tournament at 12 under after carding a final-round 66 to finish 12th, while compatriot Brett Rumford was a further stroke back after closing with a superb round of 64.

France’s Romain Wattel drove off in a new car after matching Storm’s hole-in-one feat of the day before.

But unlike Storm who gets to keep his, Wattel only has the use of his BMW for a year, before having to return it.

“Unfortunately it was one day too late!” said Wattel.

“But I’m obviously still really pleased with it, and with my performance today.

“I played very well over the weekend; it was just a shame I took too long to get started on the first two days. But I’m still delighted.”

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Valverde cuts into Contador’s Vuelta lead

Poland’s Przemyslaw Niemiec has won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alejandro Valverde cut fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador’s overall lead.


Niemiec was part of an early breakaway group on Sunday and held on for his first Grand Tour stage victory in a time of 4hr 11min 09sec over the 152.2km ride from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga.

Valverde finished second, five seconds ahead of fourth-placed Contador, but cut the two-time Vuelta winner’s lead by 11 seconds thanks to the bonuses on offer for the top three in every stage to move within 31 seconds of the lead.

Britain’s Chris Froome lost seven seconds on Contador and is now tied with Joaquim Rodriguez in third, 1min 20sec back.

“It is an incredibly happy day for me,” said Lampre Merida rider Niemiec.

“In the morning meeting we had thought about resting for tomorrow’s stage, but once I was in the breakaway I saw we had quite an advantage and everyone was working together to get to the end.”

Indeed, the five-strong breakaway group had taken advantage of the relatively flat first 100km to open up an advantage of over 10 minutes at one stage.

However, after a category two climb up the Puerto del Torno they began to split on the gruelling 12.2km hors category climb towards the finish.

Niemiec was accompanied by Australian Cameron Meyer, who finished the stage in 16th place, for much of the climb before breaking clear and had just enough to finish five seconds ahead of Valverde and third-placed Rodriguez.

The Spanish trio of Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez repeatedly attacked to try to distance Froome on the final climb, but Contador lamented not making more of a dent in the Sky man’s bid for a first Vuelta victory.

“It was perhaps a bit of shame to not open up the distance more on Froome because with a rider of that quality you always have to try and have as much of a gap as possible,” he said.

“I think Froome is the strongest rival I have come across in my whole career. Maybe in this tour he is finding it a bit harder, but given the quality he has you always have to have the maximum respect and never count him out.

“At the same time I had to be aware of the attacks from Rodriguez and Valverde and in the end I am happy it is another day down and one less to go.”

Valverde was also pleased to have reclaimed some of the 22 seconds he lost on Saturday’s 14th stage.

“Today I wanted to be a bit more conservative and save something for the last push, which went well.”

With just six stages remaining before the champion is crowned in Santiago de Compostela in a week’s time, one of just three remaining mountain finishes comes in Monday’s 160.5km ride from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona.

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Lewandowski hits four against debutants Gibraltar

Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, quickly hit two and Lukasz Szukala headed in the fifth.


In the final stages the unforgiving Bayern Munich striker slotted in two more.

Gibraltar’s rocky enclave has a population of just under 30,000 and their Victoria Stadium fails to meet UEFA standards.

The game was therefore played at the Algarve stadium in Portugal, where the Gibraltar fans that made the trip were in full voice for their national anthem and did their best to rally the players.

There was a positive mood from the Gibraltar camp ahead of the game, encouraged by their first victory over Malta in June and they did not ever give up.

The small British overseas territory that borders the southern part of Spain only became a UEFA member in May 2013, and played a first friendly match against Slovakia the following November, which they drew 0-0.

Spain were against Gibraltar’s membership due to a dispute over sovereignty and Gibraltar were kept away from the reigning European champions in the group stages for political reasons.

Playing in a largely empty stadium on Sunday, they came under immediate pressure from Poland, and goalkeeper Jordan Perez was kept busy, notably by a Kamil Glik header from a corner.

The Poles soon took the lead through Grosicki, whoseshot took a slight deflection off David Artell.

Poland continued to have the greater possession and carried a height advantage at set-plays but midway through the first half Gibraltar caused concern at the other end with a run from Brian Perez, who screwed his shot wide of the post from 20 yards.

After the break Poland turned their dominance into goals as Grosicki came inside Joseph Chipolina and Artell before coolly finishing.

Then Lewandowski struck twice in three minutes as he stooped to head in a Jakub Wawrzyniak cross and then slotted clinically into the corner. Next Szukala powered a header into the net from Mateusz Klich’s inswinging free-kick.

The predatory Lewandowski did not let a Gibraltar side, now in disarray at the back, off the hook. He sprinted clear of Chipolina for his hat-trick and was on target again in injury time to complete the rout.

(writing by Tim Hanlon in Barcelona; Editing by Steve Tongue)

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Albania pile the misery on sorry Portugal

The defeat, Portugal’s first at home in a competitive international since they lost to Denmark six years ago, was the last thing Portugal coach Paulo Bento needed after clinging to his job despite his side’s dismal World Cup display, when they went out in the group stage.


Portugal, missing Cristiano Ronaldo over fitness concerns for the Group I match, were again lacklustre in attack, suggesting they lack any sort of alternative to the Real Madrid forward.

Albania, who have never qualified for a major tournament, defended with five across the back line and another four in front of that. It was certainly not sophisticated but it was too much for Portugal’s unimaginative midfield and attack to break down.

Albania scored from their only shot on target in the 52nd minute when Odise Roshi crossed from the near the corner flag into the centre of the penalty area.

Balaj, running away from the goal, met it with a first-time shot on the turn, the 23-year-old Slavia Prague forward hooking it brilliantly past a bemused Rui Patricio from near the penalty spot.

Albania retreated even further after the goal and the rest of the game was played almost entirely in their half of the field.

Portugal began to look more dangerous and Nani was just wide with a 25-metre effort, then Ricardo Horta rattled the crossbar with another effort from just outside the area.

Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha also played his part as he saved a dangerous effort from Fabio Coentrao and tipped Andre Gomes’ shot over the bar in the dying minutes.

The last few minutes were played to a deafening chorus of jeers from the 23,000 crowd at Aveiro’s Municipal stadium who also waved white handkerchiefs.

“These are natural reactions,” Bento told RTP television. “We know the public was not satisfied. We have to respect people’s reactions and carry on our way.

“It didn’t go well for us in terms of the result,” added the beleaguered coach.

“In the first half, we had chances to take lead and we had the game completely under control…in the second half, we started well but conceded a goal from the only chance that our opponents created.”

“There are no easy games, whether it’s Albania or any other team” added midfielder Joao Moutinho.

“We have to do better, there can’t be any more excuses.”

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; editingby Justin Palmer)

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Mueller double helps Germany edge past Scotland 2-1

Mueller, who also struck the post in stoppage time when Scotland had Charlie Mulgrew sent off for a second booking, scored with a header in the 18th minute of a first half in which the hosts crafted chances galore.


Speedy Ikechi Anya stunned the hosts with a superb finish in the 66th minute but Mueller restored Germany’s fragile lead with a scruffy effort four minutes later following a corner.

The result puts Germany on three points in Group D along with Poland who thrashed newcomers Gibralter and Ireland who snatched victory in Georgia.

“I am satisfied with the three points,” coach Joachim Loew told reporters. “It was clear the Scots had nothing to lose. I knew it would be tough after the World Cup, and we were also missing a lot of players.”

“My players tried to do things up front but we made mistakes at the back, especially in the second half. We lost a bit of control of the game. It was also a matter of fitness.”

For Scotland, unbeaten in their previous six games, it was bitter to leave empty-handed after playing with plenty of endeavour, especially in the second half when they had Germany flustered at times.

“I thought we would get a point and I actually thought we would win it at one stage,” said manager Gordon Strachan.

“I feel disappointed for the people who came to watch us, and the players as well. To have put in that kind of work, going out there against really physical players, they stood up to it.”


In their first competitive game since the July 13 World Cup final in Brazil, Germany, missing more than half a dozen players including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil, got their first real chance when Mueller met a cross but headed wastefully wide in the eighth minute.

Germany showed defensive weaknesses, as they had done in their 4-2 loss to Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday, with Barry Bannan going close for the visitors.

The hosts, who had Mario Goetze deployed as a striker instead of Mario Gomez, broke the deadlock when Mueller’s arcing header from a Sebastian Rudy volley beat keeper David Marshall.

The goal settled German nerves as they tightened their grip on the game with more than 70 percent possession in the first half to keep the Scots firmly on the back foot.

Marshall did well to parry a Marco Reus shot as Germany upped the pressure.

Reus, outstanding throughout, suffered more bad luck after his injury a day before the World Cup departure that saw him miss the tournament, when he limped off the pitch.

“It does not seem to be that bad but we still need to wait for the medical checks,” said Loew.

Anya did cause repeated problems for an error-prone German defence, puncturing it with darting runs down the left.

Scotland, unbeaten in their previous six games, almost levelled soon after the restart when Steven Naismith jinked into the area but saw his shot scrape Neuer’s post.

Germany did not heed the warning, however, and when Anya burst clear on to a through pass in the 66th minute he showed great composure to place a low shot past Neuer.

Scotland’s joy was short-lived when they failed to clear the ball from a corner kick and Mueller pounced to send the ball into the top of the net from close range to the relief of the home crowd in the Dortmund arena.

“They had not lost in six games but we did it well,” said Mueller. “We missed the chances to score more goals after our lead and then it became tight.

“Luckily my third header in the game went in.”

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Martyn herman)

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James Ashby alleges Christopher Pyne offered him lawyer, job

Former political staffer James Ashby says he was allegedly offered a job and told he would get a lawyer by coalition minister Christopher Pyne when he came forward with sexual harassment allegations against former Speaker Peter Slipper.


Mr Ashby says he met twice, secretly, with Liberal MP Wyatt Roy to seek advice about a series of text messages and alleged incidents of sexual harassment directed towards him by Mr Slipper in 2012.

Mr Roy told Mr Ashby a lawyer would be paid for within 24 hours to help him take a complaint against Mr Slipper.

He said he later went to confirm this with then opposition frontbencher Mr Pyne.

“He said a lawyer would be paid for as promised and I would have a job in state Liberal National politics or federal, if I chose to come back,” Mr Ashby told the Nine Network.

“He did say to me I may never want to come back to Canberra, that I may choose to take up a job in state politics instead.

“As we exited he said ‘if you discuss or tell anyone we had this discussion I will be forced to call you a pathological liar.’ “

Mr Ashby also said in the interview it was later made clear to him there was no offer of financial assistance.

“It was made very clear to me there would be no jobs, no lawyer, no preferential treatment, nothing,” he said.

In 2012, while still a Liberal Party frontbencher, Mr Pyne confirmed he met with Mr Ashby, but said he was not informed of the pending court action.

In a statement Mr Pyne moved to distance himself from the matter, claiming he nor any other member of the government are in no way involved.

“All these matters have been aired over and over again for the last three years,” Mr Pyne said.

“Mr Slipper has been found guilty of fraud against the taxpayer.

“Mr Ashby settled a sexual harassment case with the Commonwealth.

“I had no specific knowledge of the allegations made by Mr Ashby and the first I knew that he was suing Mr Slipper was when I read it in the newspapers.

“This is a dispute between two individuals – not a dispute that includes me or any other member of the government.”

Mr Slipper resigned as parliamentary Speaker in October 2012.

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