‘Profoundly regrettable’: Qld Government slammed over new move to sack Ipswich City Council

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The CCC has charged both former Ipswich mayors Andrew Antoniolli (L) and Paul Pisasale. (ABC/AAP)

‘Unfair and undemocratic’

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully said the Minister’s proposal was “unfair and undemocratic”.

In May, Mr Hinchliffe demanded Ipswich’s councillors show cause why they should not be sacked, saying the community had lost faith in its elected leaders.

It came in the wake of Mayor Andrew Antoniolli being charged with seven counts of fraud.

A second show cause notice was issued last month after the Parliament gave Mr Hinchliffe new powers to sack councillors if it was in “the public interest”.



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Acting Ipswich Mayor Wayne Wendt and fellow councillors June 2018. (ABC News: Josh Bavas)

Three weeks ago the council lodged an application with the Supreme Court in a bid to dispute the show cause notice.

Cr Tully said the Minister was thumbing his nose at the court.

“The Supreme Court hasn’t even handed down its decision and the Minister has already announced he will overturn any decision of the court favourable to the Ipswich City Council,” he said in a statement.

“Chairman Mao [Zedong] said ‘political power grows out of the barrel of a gun’ and this has been proven in Queensland today.

“The Minister was not prepared to defend his show cause notice, and now he sees himself as being above the law.”

Deputy Opposition leader Tim Mander said the Government had “bumbled” its way through.

“They had a crack at trying to solve this mess in Ipswich six weeks ago in Parliament, and now we’re told that we need urgent legislation in six weeks’ time to deal with this mess,” he said.

“It has become laughable — a total waste of time and taxpayers’ money.”

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