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Newman's use of mental health as a political weapon shocks MP

OUTRAGED: Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller returns fire at the Premier.
OUTRAGED: Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller returns fire at the Premier. File

PREMIER Campbell Newman has been accused of grubby politics for tabling a document suggesting Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller suffered a nervous breakdown more than four years before she was elected to Parliament.

Mrs Miller yesterday said the document was false and she had never suffered a nervous breakdown.

"It's just a grubby act," Mrs Miller said.

"Fortunately, I have never needed to deal with a 'nervous breakdown' as Mr Newman's tabled document puts it.

"However, I find it astonishing that Mr Newman would use his position as Premier to attempt to use mental health issues as a political weapon."

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.

Mr Newman originally tabled the document in November and tabled it a second time on Thursday in response to a question on notice from Leader of the Opposition Annastacia Palaszczuk asking who provided him with the document.

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

The move follows a similar controversy that erupted during the Stafford by-election in July when the government revealed personal payroll information accusing then ALP candidate Dr Anthony Lynham of not paying debts to the Health Department, a result of the payroll bungle.

At the time Premier Campbell Newman said he was confident the leak did not come from the government but an investigation would be launched if a complaint was made.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg pointed the finger at Jo-Ann Miller for leaking the documents on Dr Lynham.

Mrs Miller said she was looking into options to act on the latest matter.

The Premier's office did not respond to an inquiry from The QT yesterday.

Topics:  campbell newman, jo-ann miller, mental health, queensland parliament




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