Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

Abbott refuses to back Fisher's Brough... again

COALITION leader Tony Abbott has failed to accept an opportunity to restate his support for the LNP's embattled Fisher candidate Mal Brough.

Mr Brough's involvement in the Ashbygate affair saw Justice Steven Rares deliver adverse findings against him during his dismissal of sexual harassment allegations against sitting Fisher member Peter Slipper.

The matter has dogged Mr Brough's bid to re-enter politics.

He lost the neighbouring seat of Longman at the 2007 election.

APN Newsdesk, the Daily's national affairs reporting team, put a series of questions to Mr Abbott about his confidence in Mr Brough.

In December last year, Mr Abbott declared Mr Brough had "acted rightly at all times".

However, the issue has failed to go away.

It flared again when Fairfax candidate and Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer said MrBrough had asked him to fund former Slipper staffer James Ashby's legal case against the former Speaker.

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