David Crisafulli.
David Crisafulli. Contributed

Crisafulli: That’s the biggest bulls*** statement I've heard

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli has described a councillor's comments as the "biggest bulls*** statement" he had ever heard.

A lively row erupted during the LGAQ conference in Mackay yesterday when Whitsunday councillor John Collins demanded Mr Crisafulli apologise for calling him a "childish fool" in March.

"All I want is an apology," Cr Collins said. "Mate, honestly… I don't believe you were in your rights to call me a fool."

Mr Crisafulli's sharp response got the attention of delegates, some of whom applauded when he had finished publicly dressing down the councillor.

"The reason why I said that was because your council was bordering along the lines of dysfunction," he said.

"I had a pile of paperwork I couldn't jump a small Shetland pony over from people telling me to get rid of the lot of you."

The argument followed a recent Crime and Corruption Commission investigation, which found there was no criminal activity linked to Whitsunday Regional Council's overspend of natural disaster funding. Mr Crisafulli said the former council's action wasn't criminal but "incompetent".

Cr Collins said his council had been dragged through the "s*** neck-deep" and hadn't had enough support from the State Government.

"That's the biggest bulls*** statement I have heard," Mr Crisafulli replied.

The CCC investigation cleared Mike Brunker of any criminal behaviour. But the former Whitsunday mayor and Bowen businessman said yesterday comments that his council team did an "overspend" in how it spent millions of dollars of natural disaster funding had been proven to be wrong.

"I call on Mr Crisafulli to now return the $40 million," Mr Brunker said.

"The alleged overspend was justified by the CCC. If it was reckless or criminal we would have been under the gun. It was all approved by the flood commission."

Mr Brunker said the Minister should now sit down and go through the signed-off paperwork and allow council staff to explain it to him.


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