Slipper right to step down: MPs

THE Ipswich region's federal MPs have said House of Representatives speaker Peter Slipper did the right thing by stepping down following allegations levelled against him over the weekend.

Labor colleague and Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Fairfax MP Mr Slipper made the correct decision after allegations of misusing taxi dockets and the sexual harassment of a former staffer.

"He's done the right thing until he is cleared.

"If he is cleared then there is no reason for him to not resume his role as speaker," he said.

LNP Wright MP Scott Buchholz said Mr Slipper had no other option but to step down from the position.

"Absolutely. With the seriousness of the allegations surrounding Peter, not withstanding that everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, his options were limited, given the seniority of the position he holds," he said.

Mr Neumann pointed out Mr Slipper had been pre-selected on nine previous occasions for the LNP and had received the backing of his electorate. "In relation to a person's character, they are judged by their electorate at the next election."

When it comes to election day, Mr Buchholz believes it won't be so rosy this time for Mr Slipper.



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