He said the evidence had painted a picture of a poor culture at the Ipswich City Council but the court was not being asked to make a judgment on that.
«The question is, was there dishonesty at the time of approving these donations?» he told the court during closing arguments.
Mr Antoniolli previously denied the charges, saying he followed unwritten council policy.
The charges came after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation that led to the sacking of the entire council in 2018.
Mr Antoniolli allegedly used council funds to purchase items, including a $5000 Trek bicycle, various artworks, a gym membership and two ladies pamper packs, between 2005 and 2017 while he was a councillor and mayor.