Jo-Ann Miller loses Queensland police portfolio in Cabinet demotion over ethics committee findings

Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller will be demoted in Cabinet after being severely criticised in an ethics committee report, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed.

Ms Palaszczuk said she made the decision after the parliamentary ethics committee found Ms Miller had demonstrated a pattern of reckless conduct that was not of ministerial or parliamentary standard.

She said Ms Miller would no longer be the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and the Minister for Corrective Services.

"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," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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

'This is not a sacking, it's offender relocation'

But because the committee made no finding of contempt, Ms Miller will not be sacked altogether.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said that showed weakness by the Premier.

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

"If Ms Miller is put in another portfolio, her conduct will continue to be reckless.

"There is no punishment in this whatsoever for Jo-Ann Miller."

Earlier, Ms Miller told Parliament she was sorry for her failure to follow the rules for correct disposal of confidential documents.

"I unreservedly and sincerely apologise for any conduct that was not of a standard expected of a person in my position," Ms Miller said.

"The people of Queensland expect the highest standards to be met and maintained at all times by members of Parliament and ministers of the crown and I can assure you I will not let them down again."

 

Source: ABC News

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