Peter Slipper, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has escaped a jail sentence after being found guilty of squandering parliamentary taxi vouchers.
Slipper has been given a two year good behaviour bond, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and repay $958.
The former Fisher MP was facing a maximum penalty of one-year in jail and a $6,600 fine for each offence.
Slipper, whose political career collapsed amid a range of accusations of improper behaviour, was found guilty in July of misusing parliamentary cab vouchers during a visit to Canberra wineries in 2010.
The former MP’s lawyer attempted and failed to have the case thrown out of court three times.
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