In news just coming to light via Fairfax's Jess Wright, the Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne met with James Ashby over personal matters a month before he made his sexual harassment and cabcharge allegations against Peter Slipper.
In a stunning line of events, Mr Pyne and Mr Ashby were having drinks with another Slipper staffer, when the personal matters were raised. Mr Pyne then apparently requested Mr Ashby's mobile phone number after the meeting for later use. As both the mystery over Mr Ashby's social media activities and this latest bombshell have shown however, there's still a lot that we don't know about this story.
The National Times' Jess Wright:
COALITION frontbencher Christopher Pyne spent almost two hours drinking and chatting with James Ashby a month before the political staffer lodged court documents accusing Speaker Peter Slipper of sexual harassment and misusing Cabcharge dockets.
The National Times has learnt that on the night of March 19, about 9.30pm, Mr Pyne - the manager of opposition business in the House of Representatives - met Mr Ashby and another Slipper staffer in the Speaker's office.
Two separate sources have confirmed details of the meeting to the National Times. Both insist Mr Pyne rang back later the same evening to request Mr Ashby's mobile phone number.
Jess Wright's story is available in full here.