James Ashby's company in court following plane investigation
A COMPANY directed by One Nation staffer James Ashby will face Maroochydore Magistrates Court for allegedly failing to comply with a notice during an investigation into the party's use of a light plane during the 2016 election.
Mr Ashby wasn't required to appear for a mention of the case this morning, which was adjourned until December 20.
Black Bull Qld Pty Ltd, which lists Mr Ashby as its director on ASIC, has been charged with failure to comply with a notice allegedly committed between July 17 and 27, 2017.
ASIC documents show Mr Ashby is the sole shareholder of the company with non-beneficiary shares, meaning he holds them as a trustee, nominee or on account of another person.
It was confirmed on Tuesday during a Senate Estimates hearing that the company had been referred to the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions
The Australia Electoral Commission launched an investigation in 2017 after claims money donated by Victorian businessman Bill McNee to buy a plane used by One Nation during its 2016 election campaign wasn't declared as a political donation.
One Nation subsequently amended its disclosures to include the money for the plane, and Mr Ashby denied any wrongdoing.
In March, Mr Ashby told The Courier-Mail the plane was owned by a family company, Black Bull, but wouldn't comment how the company came to own the plane.
"The company owned the aircraft and I just happen to be a person (who is) a part of that company," he said.