Premier sacks Miller as Qld Police Minister

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller
Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller Bev Lacey

JO-ANN Miller has been sacked as Queensland Police Minister.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Thursday said Ms Miller would "no longer continue in her present portfolio" but did not state Ms Miller will be removed from the cabinet.

The announcement came just minutes after Ms Miller publicly apologised for misleading the parliament and not following the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee guidelines.

There is hope for Ms Miller's ministerial career year yet as Ms Palaszczuk did not say Ms Miller would no longer serve in the cabinet.

"In light of the seriousness of the committee's finding, I have advised Minister Miller of my intention that she no longer continue in her present portfolio," she said.

"This intention will be given effect as part of the discussion I am having with all of my ministers over the coming days."

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Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has claimed Premier Palaszczuk  has no control over her cabinet and her unwillingness to sack Jo-Ann Miller from cabinet entirely proves it.

Mr Springborg said if Ms Miller is not sacked from cabinet completely it will prove Ms Palaszczuk is beholden to unions.

"This is not a sacking, this is an offender relocation program," he said

"It's just that Jo-Ann Miller is in control and the Premier has no power over her cabinet. It's the unions who are in control and not the premier."

Meanwhile Ipswich West MP Jim Madden is the latest Ipswich politician to become embroiled in the Jo-Ann Miller controversy.

Mr Madden on Thursday quit the parliamentary ethics committee after revealing he had leaked information to the Queensland Times.

Mr Madden said he had spoken to a QT journalist on "general matters" and had never revealed the contents of the ethics committee report into Ms Miller.

"Having consulted with my colleagues on the ethics committee I wish to advise the house that comments I made to the Queensland Times journalist during the course of a longer conversation that traversed a number of topics appeared to be the source of information in his article," he said.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released the following statement:

"This morning I advised the Parliament that it was my intention to study the Ethics Committee report in detail. 

I said I would be meeting with the Minister about the findings of the report.

I said I would listen very closely to the statement that the Minister would have to make. 

I said this was a very serious matter and I would be speaking to the minister about it. 

I have done all of those things. 

Minister Miller has complied with the recommendation of the committee and made a statement in the House in accordance with that recommendation. 

I have given close consideration to all of the circumstances involved. 

In light of the seriousness of the committee's findings, I have advised Minister Miller of my intention that she no longer continue in her present portfolio. 

This intention will be given effect as part of the discussions I am having with all of my Ministers over the coming days." 

EARLIER: Police Minister acted 'recklessly', says ethics committee

JO-ANN Miller acted in a "pattern of reckless conduct" in not destroying confidential documents - and then claiming she did - a parliamentary ethics committee has found.

The ethics committee report, tabled to parliament on Thursday morning, ruled the Bundamba MP and Police Minister had failed to act to "the standard expected of a Member of Parliament and of a Minister of the Crown".

Ms Miller was found to have failed to comply with the rules adopted by the former Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee, now the Parliamentary Crime And Corruption Committee, in not destroying confidential documents and of deliberately misleading the PCCC when she signed a document claiming she had destroyed them.

Despite this the bipartisan committee did not find Ms Miller guilty of contempt and ordered her to apologise to the house.

"However, the committee notes that despite their finding that the technical elements of contempt were not made out in respect to each allegation the evidence before the committee across the two allegations demonstrates a pattern of reckless conduct on behalf of the Member for Bundamba," the report said.

"Accordingly, in the interests of maintaining standards for conduct of Member of the Assembly, the committee recommends that the Member for Bundamba, at the earliest opportunity, make a statement in the Assembly acknowledging that her conduct was not of the standard expected of a Member of Parliament and of a Minister of the Crown, and apologising for not complying with the rules adopted by the former PCMC in relation to the confidentiality of its proceedings and for signing an incorrect statement in relation to the destruction of documents which was tendered to the PCCC."

In question time Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would be listening carefully to Ms Miller's statement and she would be speaking to her following the concluding of this parliamentary week.


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