Peter Slipper
Peter Slipper

Peter Slipper undergoing mental health treatment

PETER Slipper's legal team has foreshadowed an application to have the charges against the former parliamentary speaker dropped on grounds of mental illness.

The ACT Magistrates Court on Friday heard the former Sunshine Coast MP had been in a mental health facility receiving treatment since January.

His lawyer, Trent Jones, said via telephone link that his client had been in and out of institutions on account of his mental health for an unspecified period.

Mr Jones told Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker the defence could apply to have the criminal proceedings dismissed if an appeal to block the case in the ACT Supreme Court failed.

Mr Slipper, who did not attend Friday's mention, is accused of misusing Cabcharge vouchers to take a taxpayer-funded tour of Canberra wineries in 2010, amassing a travel bill worth about $1000.
Slipper has pleaded not guilty to the three charges.

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