Slipper sexual harassment saga continues with Ashby appeal

THE Peter Slipper sexual harassment saga is far from over.

Former staffer James Ashby revealed on Friday he not only planned to take the cause to the workplace watchdog, but would also appeal the judgement made against him last week.

The announcement came after Mr Ashby and his lawyers fronted the Federal Court where they are being pursued for full costs arising from the eight-month ordeal.

Outside, media spokesman Anthony McLennan said Harmers Workplace Lawyers would continue to represent Mr Ashby whose sexual harassment allegations had "not been heard in court".

He said he was planning to file the sexual harassment case with Fair Work Australia with the aim that all evidence and witnesses could be tested.

He claimed the move was "designed to preserve and protect James's legal rights".

Mr Slipper lodged his application for costs on an indemnity basis on Wednesday and the first hearing was set down for Friday.

Justice Steven Rares, who recently dismissed the sexual harassment proceedings as an abuse of process, said he did not feel comfortable hearing the costs application.

It was adjourned until February 6 for directions hearings before another judge.


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