Duffy complains over Pisasale's postal vote tactics

Mayoral candidate Gary Duffy has accused Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale of beginning his election campaign with “dirty tricks”.
Mayoral candidate Gary Duffy has accused Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale of beginning his election campaign with “dirty tricks”.

MAYORAL candidate Gary Duffy has accused Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale of beginning his election campaign with "dirty tricks" in his campaign literature.

But Cr Pisasale has refuted that there is anything "dirty" about what he is doing, and encouraged Mr Duffy to offer the same service himself.

The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) issued a statement in response to media queries after Cr Pisasale and Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk asked electors to post their postal vote forms to them, not the ECQ.

"The Commission wishes to make it clear that this was not official correspondence from the ECQ and if electors do not wish to return their application to a political party or candidate, they can mail their postal vote application directly to the ECQ," a spokesman said.

In a statement Mr Duffy said "Pisasale is playing dirty tricks to get you to hand over personal information".

"This is the same dirty tricks and deceptive marketing (used by) major parties designed to redirect people away from the ECQ to their campaign office," Mr Duffy said.

Mr Duffy sent the QT a photo showing how Cr Pisasale had sent out correspondence to electors stating that the postal voting hotline was his campaign headquarters of 07 3102 6086.

In the image Mr Duffy had put a big cross through the mayor's number and a tick next to the ECQ number of 1300 881 668.

Another image supplied by Mr Duffy showcased how the Mayor also alerted recipients of his mailouts to a postal address at his election headquarters in Brassall.

Once again, a cross was through that, and a tick on the ECQ address in Brisbane.

Cr Pisasale had a laugh when told of Mr Duffy's displeasure at his campaign tactics.

"I urge Gary Duffy to do the same thing and offer the same service, because that is what mayors do," Cr Pisasale said.

"If you can't do it now then you'll never be able to do it.

"And I urge anyone needing help with their postal votes to ring my campaign headquarters on 07 3102 6086."

Mr Duffy said in his statement that "many people have voiced their disgust at the deceptive behaviour of Pisasale in taking up the same dirty tricks as was used by political parties during the state and federal elections".

Cr Pisasale said he was providing a service and not trying to trick anyone.

"Since I have been mayor, I have always provided service to people," Cr Pisasale said.

"I have done all my campaigns the same way with postal voting and given people the information they need.

"To help people I even made sure I put a pre-paid envelope in there.

"I don't understand what my opponent is trying to say.

"This is normal practice that everybody does. Once again he is showing his inability to understand issues."

Topics:  ecq electoral commission queensland gary duffy ipswich ipswich-council-elections mayor paul pisasale

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