Ipswich Police Comms Move Spat Is A Battle Of ‘Passionate’ People

Ipswich people are “passionate” Annastacia Palaszczuk said, falling back on her favourite word to describe a ruckus to explain a fallout between her police minister and the Ipswich mayor.

A decision by the Police Commissioner to relocate police communication centre staff from the state’s oldest provincial city to Brisbane has sparked a war between Ipswich Kingmakers Jo-Ann Miller and Paul Pisasale.

There was a promise of “no net loss” of positions, but the move, part of a cost effective move to upgrade technology at a centralised comms hub, would mean some people would need to transfer to the capital to follow their job.

At first, Ms Miller said the move was part of operational procedures for the QPS.  But as anger escalated and blame shifted, the magic word consultation was dropped into the mix.

“My view is that there needs to be more consultation when it comes to transferring the communication centre,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au


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