Podcast host defends Pisasale over Miller jibes
IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale's podcast with a group of young local filmmakers is making news across the state after he mocked Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller during the interview.
Towards the end of the GenY Podcast video 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, as an alter ego he dubbed "Paula", the mayor adds: "I slept with the mayor" and "She wants to beat up the Mayor of Ipswich".
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The mayor called a press conference yesterday to defuse the situation.
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.
"I'm not having a go, it's just a bit of fun. I don't regret anything.
"I fight for this city and there's no animosity between Jo-Ann Miller and I.
"Jo-Ann and I did have our tiff and that was probably at the front of my thoughts and it came out that way, but take it as fun."
The mayor said there were plans in the works to host a live 48-hour telethon with GenY Podcast and encouraged Ms Miller to take part.
"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," Cr Pisasale said.
"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."
Filmmaker Connor Fairclough said the state-wide attention was overwhelming for the young group.
"We're still taking it all in," he said.
"Paul's been really great and he's trying to promote us as well as clarifying any confusion.
"We just wanted to have a chat to our mayor about what matters to the youth of Ipswich."
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Connor said the entire interview was unedited and unscripted.
"The podcast goes for almost 20 minutes and (the mayor) only talks about Jo-Ann Miller for two minutes," he said.
"In the rest of the interview he talks about improving Ipswich and connecting with young people in the area.
"I think a lot of people are overlooking that and the purpose of the show.
"For us it was amazing. He's a really funny guy and it was great to have him on."
Jo Ann Miller is aware of the podcast but has refused to comment.