Court blow for Pauline Hanson staffer
Pauline Hanson’s right hand man has failed to overturn a federal government decision refusing to pay him $4.5 million in legal costs over a lapsed sexual harassment claim filed against the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The decision declining to pay the whopping sum to the One Nation leader’s chief of staff James Ashby holds up on review, a judge ruled on Friday.
But another aspect of the controversial staffer’s argument — that the refusal was a breach of the Fair Work Act — is yet to be determined.
The $4.5 million claim has its origins in a significant political scandal that occurred nearly a decade ago as the minority Gillard government battled to maintain control of the parliament.
Mr Ashby was previously employed by Mr Slipper, a former federal MP who…