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Australian politician in court accused of slapping female MP on backside at Xmas party

South Australian MP Sam Duluk has appeared in court charged with basic assault over inappropriate conduct at a parliamentary Christmas party last year.

Duluk came before Adelaide Magistrates Court after being accused of making inappropriate comments to SA-BEST MP Connie Bonaros and allegedly slapping her on the buttocks at the party on December 13.

It was his first appearance since police issued a summons with the former Liberal represented by high-profile lawyer Marie Shaw QC.

Ms Shaw asked the court to issue a subpoena for certain documents to be produced by the company appointed by former parliamentary speaker Vincent Tarzia to investigate the allegations.

She said the defence was also waiting for the prosecution to disclose other information.

"That disclosure, I understand, is in train but the prosecution do seek more time to respond and provide the relevant documents," she told the court.

Ms Shaw asked for the case to be adjourned for six weeks, with magistrate Alf Grasso ordering it return to court on December 9.

Duluk was banished from the Liberal Parliamentary Party over his behaviour and had his wider Liberal Party membership suspended.

But the parliamentary inquiry into his conduct was put on hold while the police investigations were underway.