SUPPORT: Ipswich residents who are part of the Facebook group ‘I live/lived in Ipswich QLD’ pictured with Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale had plenty of support on Facebook after being cleared by the CCC of 13 allegations.
SUPPORT: Ipswich residents who are part of the Facebook group ‘I live/lived in Ipswich QLD’ pictured with Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale. Cr Pisasale had plenty of support on Facebook after being cleared by the CCC of 13 allegations. FILE

Pisasale gets big cheer from public after CCC ruling

OVERWHELMING support for Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale flooded the QT social media network after he was cleared by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) on Thursday.

The CCC completed a thorough 10-month investigation of 13 allegations made against Cr Pisasale and said in a statement that it would not be proceeding with any criminal prosecution.

The CCC found "no evidence that Mayor Pisasale misused any community funds for campaigning".

On Facebook, Carmen Zvonar spoke for many when she said:

"There's nothing else to add except we hope the people behind the smear campaign get named and shamed. Go Paul. We love you."

Janine Mason has not lived in Ipswich for long, but she had this to say about Cr Pisasale:

"I am a new resident to Ipswich...people in Ipswich do not realise how much this man has done for this town," she said.

"I have found he is so supportive of the people in his electorate, so get a life you disbelievers, and give this guy a go."

Adrian Darbs Darbellay said that announcement by the CCC should lead to another day off on the calendar for workers.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is cleared of criminal charges by the Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is cleared of criminal charges by the Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

"I think Ipswich should get an annual public holiday - Paul Pisasale Day," he wrote.

US President John F Kennedy once said that victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan.

That is certainly the case when you examine the QT social media posts that have responded to Cr Pisasale being cleared.

Those that regularly smeared Cr Pisasale have gone underground.

We can't find Facebook posts from some of the usual suspects who were happy to vilify him.

Gary Norman Duffy, who intends to run for Mayor in 2016, was an exception.

He posted that "the CCC have not said he is 'clear, they said 'if' he nominates for the 2016 election that the CCC will come back and go through Forward Ipswich books".

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The Crime and Corruption Commission has completed an investigation into the Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and will not proceed with any criminal prosecution: http://ow.ly/MD5go

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Cr Pisasale's supporters were certainly vocal.

One, Craig Jorgensen, even called for a promotion for Cr Pisasale.

"Maybe he should be Prime Minister," he posted.

"Things actually might get done for a change.

"Will always vote for Paul."

Aaron Grey said the attack on Cr Pisasale was "tall poppy syndrome" at play, and he added that was "the worst of Australian traits".

Mr Grey had this message for Cr Pisasale:

"Keep up the good work and continue to promote Ipswich as you have always done."

The Ipswich Festival was a raging success, and Cate Carter had a great idea about extending the festivities.

"I think we need another Ipswich Festival week to celebrate with Paul," she wrote.

Jonathan Betten reckoned he knew what was behind the accusations against the Ipswich Mayor.

"We all knew this was a political smear campaign," he posted.

Tom Parker called it "a Courier Fail witch hunt".

There were few critical of the CCC decision, although Brendan Mathey seemed to think the QT only reported the findings because they cleared the Mayor.

"The QT will report this - they never dare to report anything negative," he wrote.

QT editor Peter Chapman wrote a hard hitting editorial in which he called for The Courier Mail editor to resign after the newspaper hammered Cr Pisasale for 10 months.

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Editor Peter Chapman is calling on the editor of The Courier Mail to resign today after that newspaper's 10-month...

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Julie-Anne Pashley responded by saying there was more to it.

"And who fed the information to the Courier Mail that set them on that path?" she asked.

Daryl Keller is no fan of Brisbane's metropolitan daily.

"The Courier Mail has zero credibility these days," he posted.

Dawson Woods reckoned the campaign against Cr Pisasale originated in New York.

"He's only doing the bidding of his overlord, Murdoch. Don't shoot the messenger," he said.

Jacki Alexander reckoned a new editor wouldn't change much, asking this question: "The Courier Mail is so bad these days would a new editor make any difference?"

Callum Daniells was not so impressed with the QT's reporting on this issue, asking the question: "Does Paul Pisasale own the QT?"

Jim Fazl agreed and said the QT should practise what it preached.

"I think the QT should improve its shoddy biased journalism before it starts bashing other newspapers for the same failings it has itself," he said.

But Mr Chapman got plenty of support too, as in this post by Patricia Carpenter: "Well done Peter. It was a witch hunt right from the beginning starting with the Newman Government."

Neville Bee backed Mr Chapman, labelling The Courier Mail "a joke".

"Good to see that the QT is not afraid to call them out."


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