'Don't sack Danny': Pisasale pleads with Minister
DON'T SACK Danny.
That is the message Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has delivered to Seniors Minister Coralee O'Rourke's office today after her ministerial driver and Division 3 candidate Danny Donohue was stood down after using a government car for campaigning.
Cr Pisasale's call on Mr Donohue's behalf has been backed by Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood.
The QT understands Mr Donohue left early for work on Monday and put corflutes in the boot of the government car on the way in at Redbank.
The QT also understands that technically Mr Donohue is employed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, but seconded to the Seniors Minister as her driver.
The Director General of the Department of Premier Cabinet is Dave Stewart, who has stood down Mr Donohue pending the result of an investigation.
Cr Pisasale said Mr Donohue deserved a talking to and "a slap on the wrist", but nothing more.
"This incident has blown up and could jeopardise Danny's job and I have spoken to the Minister's office on his behalf because he doesn't deserve to lose his job," Cr Pisasale said.
"I will be very upset if that happens.
"I am hoping that common sense will prevail and that the Minister and department will see this for what it is because there are bigger things to worry about in life.
" I am sure Danny will learn his lesson…like we all have.
"I am impressed with the way the Minister has handled this quickly to save embarrassment on all sides.
"But I am sick and tired of seeing people destroyed because they put up their hand for politics.
"I can relate to what Danny is going through. I have been putting up with it for two years.
"Danny has put his hand up to represent Ipswich and he has got to be given a fair go.
"I want to see him have a go as a normal candidate, and let the people decide."
Cr Pisasale has spoken to Mr Donohue this morning and said he was coping well considering the drama of the past 24 hours.
Cr Attwood, the sitting Division 3 councillor who will retire next month, agreed with Cr Pisasale on the issue.
Cr Attwood and Mr Donohue have differed over the years on various political matters and have been opponents at election time.
But Cr Attwood said Mr Donohue's misdemeanor needed to be put in perspective.
"I don't think he should be sacked at all," Cr Attwood said.
"I think a mountain has been made out of a molehill.
"The Minister just needs to have a nice chat to Danny about not using the work car for that kind of stuff."