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Ipswich City Council to be sacked after mayor stands down

The Queensland government has confirmed it will seek to dissolve Ipswich City Council in light of the widening corruption scandal.

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has stepped down from the role after being arrested and charged with seven fraud offences.

An administrator has been appointed and the council will have to show cause for why it shouldn’t be dissolved.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe made the announcement just minutes after Mr Antoniolli stood down.

He’s the 12th person charged since the Crime and Corruption Commission launched investigations into the council.

Former Mayor Paul Pisasale stood down last June, one day after his office was raided by police.

He was later charged with perjury, fraud, official corruption and drug possession.

Macquarie National News