Imagine you're a politician and someone repeatedly calls you a cheat. You'd be indignant, right? Your reputation impugned, you'd want to put the record straight and prove your accuser wrong?
The Independent over many issues has hammered away at Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, saying he and his Team Quirk candidates cheated before and during the last council poll by using a Brisbane City Council "cleat" that must not be used for political purposes. We accused the LNP of cynical and sneaky politics, using what most people would recognise as the council's intellectual property - its pattern of blue and yellow blocks used on the left-hand edge of official council documents and publications.
Graham Quirk thought he could offer a blunt "no" to our claims that Team Quirk used the council's cleat to cash in on the council's good name and grab a sneaky and underhand advantage over their opponents who did not adopt such tactics.
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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled plans for a $4 million overhaul of the Brunswick Street Mall which he says will boost the daytime economy of Fortitude Valley.
"I've been working closely with local traders for the past two years and my commitment to the upgrade of the Brunswick Street Mall will be a positive for the future of the Valley and its day- time businesses," Cr Quirk said. "This the first of a broader economic strategy we are investing in, led by the local traders, to see Fortitude Valley as the creative industry and entertainment hub of Brisbane."
But council opposition leader Milton?Dick cast doubts on the level of local input to date, calling on the Lord Mayor to work with local businesses on the design to ensure "it doesn't turn into King George Square mark two".
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