Ethics report leak now focus of a parliamentary inquiry

Former Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller
Former Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller Liam Kidston

CONTROVERSIAL Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller's political career is in disarray after a scathing ethics report saw her dumped from her ministerial portfolio.

The report found Ms Miller had displayed reckless behaviour in her duties as a former member of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee and secondly as a minister.

The report further concluded Ms Miller's conduct fell short of the standards Queenslanders would expect of an MP performing those roles.

The report ordered Ms Miller to issue a public apology.

The damning report came less than 24 hours after Ms Miller narrowly survived a no confidence motion after Independent Speaker Peter Wellington cast the decisive vote to save her skin.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acted decisively following Ms Miller's public apology and sacked her from the police portfolio.

The Labor Party sensationally referred Ms Miller to the ethics committee on July 13 over allegations she deliberately misled parliament.

The referral came after it was revealed Ms Miller had signed a statutory declaration stating she had destroyed highly sensitive documents held in a safe.

It was revealed nearly 90 documents, along with confidential passwords relating to covert Crime and Corruption Commission investigations, were left behind in the safe.

The Queensland Times was leaked content of the committee's report and published the exclusive story this week.

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden addressed parliament on Thursday afternoon confirming he was the source of the leak.

He asked to be discharged from his position on the ethics committee - a motion which was passed.

"I am relative new member to parliament and the ethics committee, on reflection I see the comments I made to the journalist, which I thought at the time were of a general nature and innocuous, appear to have given the journalist sufficient information to write the article," he said.

"I emphasise at no point did I disclose the content of the draft committee report referred to in the article.

"I apologise to my fellow committee members and the House."

The ethics leak is now the focus of a parliamentary inquiry.

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