Side-stepping Slipper still silent on September 7 run
UPDATE 9.40AM: Peter Slipper says he is yet to make up his mind if he will contest next month's election.
Despite appearing at a meet the candidates breakfast at Maleny this morning, the independent member for Fisher said he was yet to throw his hat in the ring for the September 7 poll.
"I'm weighing up whether I'm going to be a candidate for the electorate of Fisher," he said.
Candidates have until midday Thursday to nominate with the Australian Electoral Commission.
Maleny Commerce, which organised the breakfast, announced late yesterday that Mr Slipper would attend.
For months Mr Slipper has side-stepped questions about whether his name would be on the September 7 ballot.
The event brought him face-to-face with his political nemesis, Mal Brough.
Mr Brough replaced Mr Slipper as the LNP-endorsed candidate for the seat after a bitter preselection spat.
Mr Slipper accused Mr Brough of driving the sexual harassment lawsuit suit against the independent MP.
Since parting ways with the LNP, Mr Slipper has refused to confirm whether he will contest the seat he has held on and off since 1984.
In the final sitting of parliament, he delivered a "precautionary valedictory speech'', fuelling speculation he would retire.
However all signs now suggest he will stand.
The Daily understands Mr Slipper has been privately meeting with other Fisher candidates to arrange preference deals.
He has also collected the 100 signatures necessary to run as an independent candidate.
He has until Thursday to nominate with the Australian Electoral Commission.
Mr Slipper will receive $2.48 for every vote he receives at the federal election, provided he attracts at least 4% of the primary vote.
Should he reach the 4% threshold, Mr Slipper would stand to collect a minimum $7600 in election funding.
In a Sunshine Coast Daily poll of 200 voters last week Mr Slipper attracted a paltry 0.5% of the vote.
Mr Slipper is scheduled to face Canberra Magistrates Court in December to answer three charges of misusing Cabcharge dockets.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Last year a sexual harassment case against Mr Slipper launched by former staffer James Ashby was dismissed but it is the subject of an appeal.
Mr Slipper did not return the Daily's calls yesterday.