No love lost between power pair
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has broken his silence for the first time on the high-profile investigation which nearly cost him his career.
Cr Pisasale claims controversial Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller had been waging a secret war for more than two years in an attempt to discredit him.
Cr Pisasale, talking exclusively to the Queensland Times, said he was certain Ms Miller actively sought to bring him down.
He said he had documented evidence which proved Ms Miller (pictured right) was behind the smear campaign, despite her claims to the contrary.
"There is no doubt in my mind through that 12 months of hell, I knew, and the investigators knew, that she was leading the charge," he said.
"It hurt me a lot because I did not understand why.
"I was going to put a separate complaint in but I decided not to because the citizens of the city matter more.
"I know she spoke to a lot of branch members and people in Ipswich saying I was going to jail and there was more to come."
Documents, provided to the QT in January last year, reveal those associated with Ms Miller were building a dirt file against the popular civic leader.
Cr Pisasale was anonymously referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission several months later after questions over political donations and fundraising were raised.
The CCC cleared Cr Pisasale of any wrongdoing this year following a 12-month investigation.
Ms Miller, at the time, was deputy-chair of the powerful Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee - the same committee that oversees the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.
Cr Pisasale said the truth about Jo-Ann Miller would eventually come out.
"People give me that much stuff on Jo-Ann Miller that I just file away . . . I am not going to play that game," he said.
"I cannot comment on what happened in the investigation.
"Jo-Ann Miller should come clean with the people of Ipswich that she was the one that led the complaints and the investigation against me.
"One day the people of Bundamba will know what she is like."
The Queensland Times contacted Jo-Ann Miller for comment but did not receive a reply to the questions posed to her.