PISASALE,COS AUSTRALIA PARTY? Political Parties Pursue Paul; Mayor Says He Knocked Back Leadership Offer from Bob Katter

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Byline: Peter Foley peter.foley@qt.com.au

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has revealed Bob Katter asked him to join his party and even offered him the chance to be its leader.

The Mayor also said he was approached about being the Labor candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor but he rejected both offers.

C[pounds sterling]He just rang me a year or so ago and asked if I wanted to be involved in it,C[yen] Cr Pisasale said of the call from Bob Katter.

C[pounds sterling]Bob approached me to join the party because he was looking for leadership in the party. He said to me that I could play a strong role and there was a potential for leadership when he retires.C[yen]

But the Mayor said he told Mr Katter he didnCOt want to join KatterCOs Australian Party, let alone have it become known as PisasaleCOs Australian Party.

Despite his well-known Labor leanings, he maintains he is an independent and believes party politics have no place in local government.

C[pounds sterling]ICOm committed to being the Mayor of Ipswich. I donCOt have any political aspirations. I made a commitment to the people of Ipswich to do the job as mayor,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I have no intention of running for any political party. ICOm an independent, a proud independent and to me politics does not belong at local government level.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs nothing to do with the Katter Party or the Liberal Party or the Labor Part. I made a commitment when I ran for mayor to be an independent. I have no intentions of doing anything but Mayor of Ipswich. …