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Miller in line for massive taxpayer-funded payout

Bundamba MP Jo Ann Miller in happier times with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Bundamba MP Jo Ann Miller in happier times with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Contributed

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller is set for a massive taxpayer-funded payday should she pull the pin on her political career.

Speculation is rife the disgraced former police minister is set to quit politics instead of suffering the humiliation of sitting on the backbench.

But Ms Miller could walk away with at least $100,000 per year in superannuation payments if she resigns after February 5 - sixteen years since she was first elected into parliament.

Ms Miller would receive the massive annual payment, about 70% of a backbencher's wage, because she is one of nine current MPs who are eligible under the old parliamentary superannuation scheme.

The amount would be increased slightly because her recent ministerial wage would also be taken into account.

The Palaszczuk Government would be left in a perilous position should Ms Miller quit politics as is widely expected.

The government, who relies on Ms Miller's vote in the hung parliament, would be left unable to pass any legislation if she decided to quit after February 5.

Ms Miller would have to resign this week so the government would have the necessary time to hold a by-election to ensure it has the numbers before parliament resumes on February 16.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sensationally sacked Ms Miller as police minister in the final sitting week of 2015 after a damning ethics committee report labelling her as reckless was tabled in parliament.

Contents of the final ethics committee report were published exclusively in the Queensland Times after it was leaked four days before it was tabled in parliament.

The report found Ms Miller had shown a pattern of reckless behaviour and her overall behaviour was not of the standard expected of a minister.

Ms Miller was referred to the ethics committee over allegations she deliberately misled parliament surrounding confidential Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee documents.

Ms Miller was contacted for comment but once again did not return the Queensland Times calls.
 

Topics:  ipswich, jo ann miller, parliament, politics




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