No tales past Gailes

Happier Days – Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Deputy Mayor Cr Paul Tully ring the bell at the official opening of Fire Station 101 in Ipswich.

Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) claim that the illegal antics of the Ipswich Mayor and his council went under the radar for years. In its report to state government the CCC’s MacSporran & Rice, both QCs, claim that:

“In many cases, the (illegal) behaviour continued over a significant period of time but went unchallenged and unreported.”

No Tales past Gailes
I wonder how residents of Ipswich and neighbouring shires feel about this assertion by the brainy blokes at the CCC? People who for over 40 years said that Pisasale was a crook. Workers who witnessed the rip offs and yet saw how Pisasale was cleared by the CCC on at least one previous occasion. How do such claims affect the credibility of the Pisasale’s deputy, the most experienced councillor in Queensland, Paul Tully, who maintained a code of silence for so many years?

Under the Constitution of Queensland, local governments are charged with the good rule and local government of their area.

Also, under the Local Government Act 2009, Ipswich City Council is the elected body responsible for the good rule and government of Ipswich City, and all councillors are accountable to the community for the local government’s performance. 

Private companies established by local governments can create corruption risks through a lack of oversight and transparency in expenditure and decision-making. They can contribute to the misuse of power and public funds for the personal benefit of councillors and their close associates.” – Culture and corruption risks in local government. Lessons from an investigation intoIpswich City Council (Operation Windage)

According to the Crime and Corruption Commission Operation Windage Report, private companies set up by the corrupt Ipswich City Council included Ipswich City Properties Pty Ltd, Ipswich City Developments Pty Ltd, Ipswich City Enterprises Pty Ltd, Ipswich City Enterprises Investments Pty Ltd and the Ipswich Motorsports Precinct Pty Ltd.

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