Previous Coalition staffer James Ashby has claimed Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy advised him to duplicate former speaker Peter Slipper’s diary.
Australian Federal Police are investigating allegations Mr Slipper’s diary was illegally copied in 2012 and leaked to now Particular Minister of State Mal Brough.
The Federal Opposition has been trying to mount a case for Mr Brough to be stood apart in excess of his involvement in the saga.
This morning Mr Ashby explained it was Mr Roy, not Mr Brough, who instructed him to copy the doc.
“Wyatt stated he did not genuinely know how to advise me and stated he wished to talk with Christopher Pyne,” Mr Ashby told The Australian newspaper.
“He then referred to as me back again and I went and noticed him in his workplace and he offered me a sheet of paper with recommendations of what I need to do, and 1 of the 1st methods was to get a duplicate of the workplace diary.
“That is how I arrived to be printing off a copy of the digital diary — it was evidence in my scenario.”
Mr Ashby verified the prices on Macquarie Radio this morning and that the sheet of paper would have Mr Roy’s fingerprints on it.
“And Wyatt’s by no means denied supplying me any help in the commencing,” he mentioned.
“The issue was Wyatt gave me what he imagined was the correct details and said at that position, ‘mate if you do pick to go ahead and file a sexual harassment situation I will not want anything at all to do with it’.”
Mr Brough has previously told 60 Minutes he asked Mr Ashby to procure copies of Mr Slipper’s diary for him.
Mr Ashby this morning questioned how the system was edited.
Mr Roy mentioned he experienced not been contacted by the AFP as part of the investigation.
He stated his dealings with Mr Ashby experienced been effectively canvassed.
“James Ashby came to me with extremely critical allegations, quite upset. I identified out how he could make a grievance, handed that onto him, advised he speak to a law firm, and the next I heard of it was when I read it in the media,” he stated.
“So I have not been contacted by the Federal Police.”
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