Former Speaker Peter Slipper dishonestly used a taxpayer-funded Cabcharge card for $1000 worth of trips to wineries and restaurants outside Canberra in 2010, federal police allege in a court document.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Monday summonsed the former coalition MP, who now sits as an independent in parliament, in relation to three offences of dishonestly causing a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth.

He will appear in Canberra Magistrates Court on February 15 where he will be formally charged.

A court information and summons document sworn by AFP agent Michael Patrick Turner alleges that on January 20, 2010, Mr Slipper used a Cabcharge card issued to him by the department to pay for a hire car trip from Parliament House to Doonkunna Winery, Clonakilla Wines, Yass Valley Wines, Shaw Estate Vineyard, Poachers Pantry and Gallagher Wines.

He stopped and visited each winery, clocking up a fare of $337.

Police allege Mr Slipper provided false information about the trip by filling in four Cabcharge dockets describing trips as suburbs to suburbs, or from Parliament House to suburbs.

"His intention (in not formally recording one fare of $337) ... was to hide from the Department of Finance and Administration the fact that he had used his Cabcharge card when he knew he was not entitled to do so," the document said.

The document said that Mr Slipper had been told in writing on at least three occasions that Cabcharge voucher books were being withdrawn, as they posed "accountability and administrative problems", and that he was to use the electronic system.

Police also allege that on April 19, 2010, Mr Slipper used a Cabcharge card to pay for a $375 hire car trip to Jeir Creek Winery, Doonkunna Winery, Clonakilla Wines and Poachers Pantry.

He also used the system for a suburban Canberra trip costing $120.

However, police allege Mr Slipper filled out five Cabcharge dockets which were "false to his knowledge".

The third charge relates to an incident on June 27, 2010, when Mr Slipper used the card to pay for a hire car trip from the Canberra Centre shopping precinct to Poachers Pantry and a second trip from the restaurant to suburban Hughes via the Shaw Estate Vineyard.

The two fares, to which police said the MP was not entitled, totalled $242.

Mr Slipper made two other suburban trips and later filled in and signed five Cabcharge vouchers at the Canberra Airport totalling $362.

Comment was being sought from Mr Slipper.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott told reporters in Brisbane the development exposed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's lack of judgment in elevating Mr Slipper to Speaker.

Mr Abbott said it was up to Mr Slipper to decide if he should resign from the parliament.

A spokesman for Attorney-General Nicola Roxon told AAP on Monday the decision to issue the summons was made independently by the AFP and it would be inappropriate to comment.

 

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