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Newman mum on how private citizen came by MP's health records

PREMIER Campbell Newman has defended his decision to table a document in Parliament which suggested Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller had a nervous breakdown.

A spokesman for Mr Newman yesterday said the Premier originally tabled the document in November in response to the Opposition's inquiry into the appointment of Crime and Corruption Commission acting chairman Ken Levy.

Before tabling the document in Parliament Mr Newman said: "My point is this: for 17 years the member for Bundamba has borne a grudge against Dr Levy. He was her superior and she has blamed him ever since for her termination from the Queensland Public Service - quite erroneously as the diary note from August 1996 will bear out."

Mrs Miller has since said the document was false and is considering taking further action on the matter.

Leader of the Opposition Annastacia Palaszczuk last week put a question on notice to Parliament asking the Premier who provided his office with a copy of the document.

The document tabled by Mr Newman was titled "file note", purported to be from the Administration of Justice and Criminal Justice Programs, and refers to a voluntary redundancy.

Mrs Miller worked as a Registrar and Manager of Justices of the Peace Branch before working as Bob Gibbs' electorate officer.

The Premier's response was: "I understand the document was submitted by a private citizen, who provided an assurance the information provided was correct".

Yesterday the Premier's office would not elaborate on the answer.

When asked as how a private citizen can get access to private staff documents from the Acting Executive Director of the Administration of Justice and Criminal Justice Programs and whether there would be an inquiry into how the Government has accessed this document, Mr Newman's office replied: "No".

"The document was obtained by a private citizen, not the Premier."

Readers' comments on last week's story in The QT criticised the Premier for using mental health issues for political gain.

Some of the readers' comments were:

  • "Bye Bye Newman, what a grubby thing to do, looking forward to seeing the back of you.
  • "Just shows how desperate Newman and his grubby LNP are.
  • "This is a new low from Campbell Newman. True or not, the personal medical history of a politician should not be debated in Parliament.
  • "Newman just gets better by the day. As the "limbo dance" goes, how low can one go?
  • "Not only is he lying but our Premier has put back a lot of hard work that has been done in order to break down the stigma of mental health. This government is only interested in themselves.

Topics:  crime and corruption commission, jo-ann miller, mental health, premier campbell newman



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