Sacked MP Miller finds support in rural firies

AFTER being fired as Police and Emergency Services Minister on Thursday - and quitting all cabinet positions on Friday - embattled Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller  found at least one ally in the state's rural fire fighters.

Parliament's final sitting week for 2015 was a troubled time for Ms Miller after a parliamentary ethics committee report found she had not acted to the "standards" of a minister when she failed to destroy confidential documents and then signed a statutory declaration claiming she had.

On Thursday afternoon Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in light of the report Ms Miller would have the police and emergency services portfolio taken off her. But Ms Palaszczuk did not go as far as to remove Ms Miller from cabinet altogether.

But Ms Miller fell on her own sword in Queensland Parliament on Friday morning, announcing her resignation from cabinet and thanking those she had worked with in her ministerial role.

She said it had been an honour and her "spirit" was with police and emergency workers.

The Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland returned the compliment, issuing a statement thanking Ms Miller and praising her ministerial achievements.

"The RFBAQ would like to recognise the achievements made for Rural Fire Brigades during Jo-Ann Miller's appointment as Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services," the RFBAQ said.

The statement highlighted Ms Miller's role in appointing a new commissioner and deputy commissioner and introducing presumptive legislation that provides "equal and fair cancer coverage for all Queensland fire fighters" which "far exceeds" coverage in any other state or territory.

"These achievements have been ground breaking and the RFBAQ wishes Jo-Ann Miller MP the best for her future endeavours and trust that the Member for Bundamba will continue to actively support and promote the Rural Fire Brigades within her electorate."


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