Local Government minister David Crisafulli with Mayor Margaret Strelow.
Local Government minister David Crisafulli with Mayor Margaret Strelow. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Email fail: Internal advice sent straight to newspaper

SOME email users' worst fear is accidentally forwarding private, in-house messages to the wrong person.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday received an in-house missive from Local Government Minister David Crisafulli's office suggesting the Minister and his advisers didn't want to become "engaged" in a community debate about Rockhampton's rate rise.

It also suggested - using a Latin phrase - he wasn't welcome in these parts.

The Bulletin had contacted Mr Crisafulli's office, again, to respond to an attack from Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

On Wednesday, Mr Pitt claimed the Minister was to blame for Rockhampton's rates hike in that he allowed de-amalgamation to happen.

The Morning Bulletin asked Mr Crisafulli's media advisers to put Mr Pitt's accusations to the Minister and for him to respond.

What The Morning Bulletin received was an email message between two of the Minister's advisers.

The email read:

"..there is only so much we can do. Straight bat, don't engage, and pass on the min's (Minister's) comments.

"Think the big C (Mr Crisafulli) and his media advisors are persona non grata there".

In diplomacy, persona non grata is a Latin term meaning an unwelcome person.

In another email almost two hours later, Mr Crisafulli said: "Every cent of the de-amalgamation cost for Rockhampton Regional Council will be paid for by the new Livingstone Shire Council.

"We detailed the costs before the referendum and that's what people voted for.

"Like all councils, Rockhampton has challenges but to suggest they are a result of de-amalgamation is wrong."

When The Morning Bulletin asked further follow-on questions to Mr Crisafulli's office about the rates issue and the persona non grata email, his advisers did not reply before the paper went to print.

Popular Latin phrases

Amor vincit omnia: Love conquers all

Bona fide: In good faith, well-intentioned, fairly.

Carpe diem: Seize the day

Mea maximus culpa: My most grievous fault.


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