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Miller, Berry work as best of foes at summit

AMICABLE: MPs Jo-Ann Miller and Ian Berry at the Queensland Plan Summit.
AMICABLE: MPs Jo-Ann Miller and Ian Berry at the Queensland Plan Summit. Contributed

THEY disagree on its merit, but Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller and her nemesis, Ian Berry, spent an amicable time together at the Queensland Plan Summit in Mackay last week.

Member for Ipswich Mr Berry said the summit was a case of giving the people of Queensland a say in the future of the state.

But Ms Miller said the plan was a waste of $5 million of taxpayers money that should have been spent on retaining services that had been cut by the LNP.

The summit drew 450 delegates from statewide who posed many questions, and the responses they could then take back to their communities to ultimately create The Queensland Plan.

Mr Berry said he had worked well with Ms Miller.

"She was civil and I thought it was pretty good," Mr Berry said.

"We swapped tables and I ended up with (Labor MP) Jackie Trad as well, and I though both people came into the meeting with the spirit of wanting to get the plan done because it will affect them as much as it will affect us.

"The conference firstly devised, by means of strategy through facilitators, the questions we should be asking the public. The second part was how we engage the public."

Mr Berry will be at the Ipswich Show for three days, where he will meet the public on the plan that deals with education, healthy living, jobs, sustainability and a range of other issues.

Mr Berry's message to the public is that "it is your future, don't leave it to politicians".

"If you want a long-term vision for this state, then help us," he said. "This will mean there is a direct engagement and I will find out from (the public) what they want from me so I can tell the State Government."

Mr Berry had Ipswich community and business leaders Dr Mary Corbett, Gary Edwards and John Berry as delegates.

Ms Miller said she had spent "an amicable" time with Mr Berry, but said the Queensland Plan Summit was "a taxpayer funded talkfest by the LNP, for the LNP".

"It is obvious they had no plan in place if they were to become a government ... and now they have been caught out with no plan.

"The process was to come up with questions, not answers. Now they are going to hold another two-day meeting."

Topics:  ian berry, jo-ann miller




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