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OPINION: Smear campaign against Pisasale has a stink to it

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale

ANYONE who reads Brisbane's daily newspaper knows that Mayor Paul Pisasale was the subject of a smear campaign orchestrated by that paper throughout 2014.

On Saturday, the campaign continued with the paper devoting its front page and two pages inside to tell us he was on the board of a company and was paid $80,000.

This, of course, is something that any mayor in Australia is free to do.

The newspaper also again trotted out inferences of corruption which have underpinned almost every story in their campaign.

The question those in Ipswich should be asking is why has this paper persisted with such a campaign and why did it make so much of this particular story?

The answer is simple. It knows Paul Pisasale is the most popular politician in Queensland and because the paper has invested so much in its smear project it's now impossible to simply let it go.

It has forced the hand of the government to investigate him and the result of that is still to be handed down by the CCC.

If that investigation gives him a slap on the wrist it will not be enough to vindicate one of the strongest personal attacks by any newspaper on a mayor in this country.

The QT has investigated the claims against the Mayor and found on nearly all occasions that the stories are slanted towards the negatives, anything positive has been buried and innuendos have been left hanging in the air.

Saturday's attack contained nothing from the Antaria company about Paul Pisasale's input as a board member or of how it turned around a threat of closure with the help of the Mayor's efforts.

Instead it inferred it was wrong for the Mayor to join a board and get paid for doing so, and that he was neglecting his duties as Mayor of Ipswich.

They obviously did little investigation of the work habits of a Mayor who toils seven days a week and 12 hours a day for this city.

If Paul Pisasale resigned tomorrow, boards throughout Australia would be lining up to have him join them and they would be paying much more than $80,000 to do so.

This city is booming while many other areas are in the doldrums and the credit should go to Cr Pisasale and our hard-working local council.

The QT is not the Mayor's PR company and if any investigations we carry out reveal he has erred they will be featured prominently in these pages as they have in the past.

But we also will not campaign against him if we don't have facts to prove he has done the wrong thing.

Unfortunately for Cr Pisasale, someone is out to get him and if they can't prove anything at least they'll be hoping some of the mud they are throwing will stick.

The QT as the guardian of this town will do everything it can to wash away any false mud to reveal the truth.

Topics:  courier mail, mayor paul pisasale, peter chapman




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