Australian speaker releases documents to fight fraud allegations
The besieged Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, Peter Slipper, has released documents that he says prove he is innocent of criminal fraud allegations.
Mr Slipper has stepped aside as Speaker until allegations he misused taxpayer-funded taxi vouchers have been resolved.
It was alleged Mr Slipper gave blank vouchers to taxi drivers.
But Mr Slipper has released the vouchers he says are being investigated and says they have all been completed by him and are in his handwriting.
He says they prove the accusation is a complete fabrication.
"The so called criminal allegation is a complete fabrication, just as the other claims are not accurate," he said.
"I repeat that I reject allegations that have been made against me.
"I will make a further statement on this matter in due course."
The former Liberal MP is also facing a civil suit over claims he sexually harassed a male staffer.
Mr Slipper had said he was only standing aside because of the Cabcharge allegations, and the government had wanted him back in the Speaker's chair by the time the House of Representatives sits again on Budget day, May 8.