Local govt boss attacks Capalaba MP Don Brown over long-running dispute

LGAQ president Mark Jamieson has called on Capalaba Labor MP Don Brown to end what he calls is a politically motivated campaign against Redlands Cr Paul Gleeson.

FORGET IT: Cr Mark Jamieson has told Capalaba MP Don Brown to drop attacks on Cr Paul Gleeson, above.

FORGET IT: Cr Mark Jamieson has told Capalaba MP Don Brown to drop attacks on Cr Paul Gleeson, above.

Mr Brown has attacked Cr Gleeson in Parliament while formal complaints to the Office of Independent Assessor are being assessed.

Local Government Association of Queensland president Cr Jamieson called on Mr Brown to stop using parliamentary privilege "to pursue a political agenda against a fellow elected representative, while due process runs its course".

Cr Gleeson and Mr Brown have had a running battle most of this council term, mainly stemming from social media comments.

APOLOGY CALL: Capalaba MP Don Brown says Cr Mark Jamieson should apologise over what he considers is an ill-judged attack.

APOLOGY CALL: Capalaba MP Don Brown says Cr Mark Jamieson should apologise over what he considers is an ill-judged attack.

In September Cr Gleeson was fined $2100 by the government's Councillor Conduct Tribunal for threatening a councillor and social media use, including making derogatory comments.

Independent Assessor Kathleen Florian said Cr Gleeson had 15 sustained allegations of misconduct and inappropriate conduct, 13 involving social media.

Complaints included that he threatened a councillor by shouting "you're gone" and "I'm coming after you" in the councillor lounge last year.

Cr Gleeson said at the time that pathetic political games were being played.

Mr Brown today fired back at Cr Jamieson, saying he was astounded that the LGAQ president would stand up for a councillor who was fined for verbally intimidating and threatening another councillor.

"He should be standing up for the councillor that has been subjected to his abuse, not the perpetrator," he said.

"For Mayor Jamieson to assert that I have made all the complaints against Cr Gleeson is false and he should apologise to me immediately.

"I have made one complaint under the old system and two under the new system which have all been upheld."

Mr Brown said Cr Gleeson had more than 15 charges against him.

He said Cr Jamieson should stop wasting ratepayers' money defending Cr Gleeson.

Mr Brown said most times that he had spoken about Cr Gleeson related to Local Government Act changes and he was happy to repeat this outside Parliament.

Cr Jamieson said Mr Brown's conduct was wrong.

"The councillor complaints system is the legitimate process for having such matters considered and assessed and should be allowed to run its course, without any influence from a state member," Cr Jamieson said.

"...The LGAQ has always been even handed in calling out the behaviour of state members directed at councillors, having recently called on an LNP member of Parliament to refrain from using parliamentary privilege to level unjustified criticisms at his local mayor. To the credit of that MP, he did apologise."