Katter gave Pisasale chance to lead Katter's Australia Party

Paul Pisasale: "I have no intentions of doing anything but Mayor of Ipswich."
Paul Pisasale: "I have no intentions of doing anything but Mayor of Ipswich." Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has revealed Bob Katter asked him to join his party and even offered him the chance to be its leader.

Would you vote for Katter's Australia Party if Paul Pisasale was its leader? Click here to vote in our Poll

The Mayor also said he was approached about being the Labor candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor but he rejected both offers.

"He just rang me a year or so ago and asked if I wanted to be involved in it," Cr Pisasale said of the call from Bob Katter.

"Bob approached me to join the party because he was looking for leadership in the party. He said to me that I could play a strong role and there was a potential for leadership when he retires."

But the Mayor said he told Mr Katter he didn't want to join Katter's Australian Party, let alone have it become known as Pisasale's Australian Party.

Despite his well-known Labor leanings, he maintains he is an independent and believes party politics have no place in local government.

"I'm committed to being the Mayor of Ipswich. I don't have any political aspirations. I made a commitment to the people of Ipswich to do the job as mayor," he said.

"I have no intention of running for any political party. I'm an independent, a proud independent and to me politics does not belong at local government level.

"It's nothing to do with the Katter Party or the Liberal Party or the Labor Part. I made a commitment when I ran for mayor to be an independent. I have no intentions of doing anything but Mayor of Ipswich."

He said his high profile around Australia meant he could probably win a Senate seat as an independent but it wouldn't suit his style.

"I just don't have the personality or the patience to sit in Canberra listening to legislation. I'm a people person. I like getting out there and helping people in need," he said.

Max Menzel, national president of Katter's Australian Party, said Bob Katter was out of action after an eye operation.

But Mr Menzel said it was likely his boss had approached Paul Pisasale because "he's a good bloke".

"He's done a good job for the people of Ipswich," Mr Menzel said. "I know Bob is approaching people all over Australia for the Senate and the House of Representatives."

Cr Pisasale, who says he has been asked by dozens of people to be mayor of their city, also said he was sounded out about becoming the Labor candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor leading up to the last election.

However Shayne Sutton, who was leader of the Opposition in Brisbane City Council at the time and Labor State Secretary Anthony Chisholm said the offer didn't come from them.

"Any approach from someone other than the State Secretary of the ALP or the leader of the Opposition couldn't be considered a legitimate request," Cr Sutton said. "As Leader of the Opposition, I certainly never approached Paul Pisasale to run as Lord Mayor of Brisbane."

Reader poll

Would you vote for Katter's Australia Party if Paul Pisasale was its leader?

This poll ended on 21 December 2012.

Yes - 40%

No - 50%

Undecided - 8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  bob katter, brisbane lord mayor, katter's australian party, paul pisasale



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