Slipper 'disappointed' by attack
BREAKING: SUNSHINE Coast MP Peter Slipper's office has been hit by graffiti vandals overnight - just as he released an open letter to voters on why he defected from the LNP.
The words "grub", "slimeball", "loser", "wanker" and "rsole" have been spraypainted on the glass windows of his electorate office opposite Kawana Shoppingworld.
Devil horns have been drawn on pictures of Mr Slipper, who is often referrred to as "Slippery Pete'' amid local anger over his extravagant travel and office expenses.
Just after 2pm, Mr Slipper released a short statement, confirming police had been informed and were investigating.
"While I am disappointed with the graffiti attack, it in no way diminishes my resolve to be the best Independent Speaker I can be,'' the MP said.
"I will not speculate on who committed this crime; I am focused on directing my energy toward improving things that matter on the Sunshine Coast and in Parliament.
"I reiterate that I am strongly committed to working with those on all sides of politics to improve how Parliament operates.
"My door remains always open to ALL constituents to discuss matters of concern to them.
"I have respect for the views of all, including those who disagree with me, and I appreciate hearing and debating new ideas.''
Last night, Mr Slipper sent the Sunshine Coast Daily an open letter to Fisher.
In it, he said he was "not perfect and has made mistakes as some colourful stories about me reveal" but wanted to do his best for the people of the Sunshine Coast.
The four-page letter touched on his ascension to Speaker in the Federal Parliament, claims by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and outlines a 10-point to-do list for the region.
He said in his role as Speaker he promised to remain independent and showcase the Coast tourism and business industries.
"I intend to invite ambassadors, international delegations and senior ministers to our area," he said.
The letter outlines how Mr Slipper felt jilted by the Coalition.
"Tony (Abbott) pledged support for my endorsement for the next election in either Fisher or Fairfax and I accepted his word.
"It gradually became apparent however, to me, there remained no place for me in the Liberal National Party of Queensland.
"I had the choice of being expelled or facing an early preselection I could not win, and thus I was effectively pushed or bullied out of the party."
Mr Slipper described Mr Abbott as "a long-time friend" and wished him well in the future.
The 10-point plan for the Coast included big ticket items such as a six-lane upgrade for the Bruce Highway, expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, funding to help build the $2 billion new hospital and a regional exhibition centre.
He also wanted to secure funding for a viewing platform for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny, a F-111 for the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra, the HMAS Tobruk for a second Coast dive wreck and CCTV cameras for Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Kawana.
Mr Slipper thanked his wife Inge, his children, staff and loyal party members for supporting him in his 21 years representing the region.
What Peter Wants
- Six-lane highway
- Expand Coast airport
- An exhibition centre
- Fund the new hospital
- Expand the University
- Secure Sea Change fund
- Source F-111 to Air Museum
- Viewing platform at Maleny
- Second dive wreck for Coast
- Install CCTV cameras