Pisasale says comments about Miller were "just a bit of fun"

UPDATE: Mayor Paul Pisasale and the hosts of the GenY Podcast called a press conference today to diffuse the building tensions generated by yesterday's interview.

During the unscripted podcast the mayor mocks the Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller, pretending to be her sister, saying: "We had to kick Jo-Ann out the house cause she was bullying me".

Cr Pisasale said the podcast was "just a joke" and he planned to work with Jo-Ann Miller in the future.

"It's about having a mayor that's real," he said.

"Generation Y are the next leaders of the city and myself and local businesses would be negligent in our job if we didn't engage with them.

"We've got to get out there and listen to them because it's their future that we're playing with.

"All my staff are panicking about it but at the end of the day I can give assurance to Annastacia Palaszczuk that we're working together with Jo-Ann to ensure the right thing happens by Ipswich.

"It's not the first time I've stepped outside the boundaries but the most important thing is people see me as a mayor that represents the city and I'm real."

 

EARLIER: Mayor Paul Pisasale's podcast with a group of local filmmakers is making news across the state after he mocked Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller during the interview.

Towards the end of the podcast the Mayor ad libs, pretending to be Miller's sister, saying: "We had to kick Jo-Ann out the house cause she was bullying me."

Still in character, Pisasale adds: "She said she's going to leave home and beat up the mayor of Ipswich".

He finishes off with, "Final thing, I slept with the mayor."

The comments are the latest in a war of words between the Mayor and Miller.

Last week QT reported that Miller had once approached Pisasale's deputy Victor Attwood, asking him when he was going to get rid of the Mayor.

The revelations went as far as the Queensland Parliament with the Leader of the Opposition Lawrence Springborg calling for the Police Minister to resign.

The stoush also drew in Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, whose intervention seemed to calm the water between Pisasale and Miller.

Miller says she is aware of the podcast but she has no comment.

Speaking with QT this morning, Cr Pisasale said the podcast was just a joke and he planned to work with Miller in the future.

"It's about having a mayor that's real," he said. "I'm not having a go, it's just a bit of fun."

 

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale guest starred in new video series, the GenY Poscast.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale guest starred in new video series, the GenY Poscast. Contributed

 

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Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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