'Ashbygate: The Plot to Destroy Australia's Speaker' book launch

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  • Location: Shearwater Resort, Caloundra 4551 Queensland


Fresh from his appearance on the ABC 7.30 programme last night (3/12/15), author and private investigator Ross Jones steps into the lion's den to launch his new book 'Ashbygate' next week, right in the heart of Mal Brough's Sunshine Coast electorate of Fisher.

Along with fellow Sunshine Coast resident James Ashby, former Speaker Peter Slipper's controversial staffer, Special Minister of State Brough was raided by the Australian Federal Police last week. Since that time, the minister ‒ whose portfolio responsibilities include parliamentary integrity ‒ has faced a torrid cross-examination in Parliament from Labor Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC.

With Brough denying in Question Time yesterday that he had asked James Ashby to procure copies of Slipper's diary, despite telling Liz Hayes from 60 Minutes last year the exact opposite, pressure mounts daily on him to resign or step aside.

The official launch on 10 December of Ross Jones' searing new exposé Ashbygate: The Plot to Destroy Australia's Speaker at the Shearwater Resort in Caloundra, in the heart of Fisher, will only add to his woes.

As Ross Jones said on ABC 7.30 last night:

"While there's been no adverse findings against Brough yet, the weight of evidence that's mounting up against him is significant and we've got to remember that other parliamentarians have stood aside when they're under investigation without charges actually being laid."

"I don't think that Turnbull has any choice at all but to cut him loose and cut him loose as quickly as he can."

The book Ashbygate, first published by Independent Australia in October 2015, is the result of two year investigation by Ross Jones, a licensed private investigator.

The costs of the investigation were paid for by a novel crowdfunding initiative. More than 400 private citizens concerned about the circumstances of the alleged Ashbygate conspiracy contributed over $50,000 to investigate this affair.

In the book, in forensic detail, Jones outlines a political conspiracy going far beyond Brough, right into the upper echelons of the Liberal Government, including a number of Prime Minister Turnbull's key backers.

As Jones said to ABC 7.30 last night:

"Their motivation was to get rid of Slipper as quickly as they could, get the numbers, get back into power a year early."

Ross Jones' new book ASHBYGATE, will be officially launched at 10.30 am, 10 December 2015 at the Shearwater Resort, 79 Edmund Street, Caloundra. Light refreshments to be served.

You can purchase a copy of Ashbygate as an eBook or paperback by clicking HERE


"The Ashby affair was monumentally under reported by the mainstream media because it didn't suit the "let's destroy Gillard" agenda. This book reveals how wrong the mainstream media was."
~ Greg Barns, barrister, author and political commentator

"If you're into politics, I can recommend this as a gripping read on one of the most shameful periods of our history."
~ Karryn Wood, ABC Sunshine Coast

"This is an excellent analytical appraisal of the circumstances and motivations surrounding the political demise of Slipper after he accepted the Speaker's role in the Australian Parliament. It was indeed a sorry and disturbing affair."
~ Greg Robinson, former chairman, LNP Fisher Divisional Council

Ashbygate book launch
10.30am, 10 December 2015
Shearwater Resort, Caloundra


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