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LATEST: Premier denies claims of ultimatum from Miller

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied claims Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller had issued her with an ultimatum.

Ms Palaszczuk, who personally visited the Queensland Times office this morning, said the claim made by ALP heavyweights that Ms Miller had threatened to quit the party if she was not returned to the front bench were false.

"It is rubbish . . . It is simply not true," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk spent the morning in Ipswich at her former school, St Mary's College, where she attended the blessing and opening of new facilities before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion.

Earlier, Ms Miller took to social media to claim "rumours should be ignored" about claims she has given the government an ultimatum to return her to the front bench or she will quit.

But she has not dismissed the claims made by senior ALP sources outright.

Ms Miller has also claimed to several media outlets, including News Corp and Fairfax, that she was not contacted comment ahead of the story being published.

Ms Miller was contacted but chose not to speak with the Queensland Times - which has been her usual stance for the past five months.

She was contacted at 8.07am, which can be seen in calls logs, more than an hour before the story was published online.

The story was not printed in the QT this morning, as some reports had suggested.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told reporters this morning the government was focused on the big picture and not individuals.

"I have no views on whether or not Jo-Ann should or should not be in the cabinet," she said.

"Ultimately it is up to the Premier to make that call."

 

The phone log showing Jo-Ann Miller was contacted for comment before our story was published online.
The phone log showing Jo-Ann Miller was contacted for comment before our story was published online.

 

 

Labor in crisis: Jo-Ann Miller threatens to quit party

DISGRACED Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller has issued an ultimatum to the Palaszczuk Government saying she will quit the Labor Party within 48 hours if she is not reinstated to the front bench, senior ALP sources say.

The Queensland Times understands Ms Miller's resignation letter has already been penned.

Broadcaster Alan Jones said on radio this morning an Ipswich councillor had leaked information about Ms Miller to him.

The QT had been contacted throughout the week with the same information Mr Jones' broadcasted about Ms Miller's ultimatum.

It is not known whether Ms Miller will quit parliament altogether if her ultimatum is not met or sit as an independent.

Ms Miller has been contacted for comment.

PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller.
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk and Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller. Rob Williams

A senior ALP source provided bombshell background to what is going on as the Labor Party faces a crisis which could bring down the government.

"The same person that drafted the resignation letter for Cairns MP Rob Pyne has drafted an almost identical letter for Miller," the source said.

The Queensland Times further understands Ms Miller has been the driving force behind Mr Pyne's push for an inquiry into local government.

Mr Pyne has continually claimed corruption is rife throughout councils across the state, but those claims have never been substantiated.

Ms Miller and her supporters have waged a bitter campaign against Ipswich City Council over the past 18 months.

 Jo-Ann Miller
Jo-Ann Miller Warren Lynam

If Ms Miller was to pull the pin it would mean the fledging Palaszczuk Government would hold 41 seats to the LNP's 42 in the parliament.

The Queensland Times has been told Ms Palaszczuk's threats this week to call an early election "should anyone stand in her way" was aimed directly at Ms Miller and two other Labor MPs who are considering jumping ship.

Numerous Labor sources contacted the Queensland Times this week saying Ms Miller was set to extract her revenge on the government in "spectacular style."

They say Ms Miller believes she had been unfairly treated when she was unceremoniously dumped last year as police minister after the ethics committee said she had acted recklessly and her behaviour was not of the standard expected of a minister.

Jo-Ann Miller in her former role as Minister for Corrective Services.
Jo-Ann Miller in her former role as Minister for Corrective Services. Rob Williams

"It has always been about Jo-Ann and it is obvious she just does not get it," one Labor source said.

"The sooner she goes the better, and if that means an election then so be it," they added.

The QT reported in January the powerful CFMEU was positioning former federal candidate Nick Thompson to run in Bundamba if Ms Miller quit parliament completely.

Mr Thompson said he was not willing to comment "at this stage" about the development when he was initially contacted.

Since January the left and right factions of the ALP have been manoeuvring behind the scenes to position their preferred candidate to stand in a by-election should Ms Miller pull the pin on her chequered political career.

Mirani MP Jim Pearce told the Queensland Times he had spoken with Ms Miller when parliament sat last month.

He said he believed the controversial MP would stick it out.

"I think she is going better than expected," he said.

"She still has the full support of the CFMEU . . .  that is not an issue.

"If anyone tries saying otherwise they are simply trying to cause mischief."

Ms Miller made headlines for all the wrong reasons last year after a series of high-profile gaffes culminating in Ms Palaszczuk sacking her from the police portfolio.

Ms Miller fell on her sword the following day and resigned from Cabinet. 

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg had this to say about the latest development surrounding MIller:

"Queensland has a frozen-at-the-wheel Government that's clueless and without a plan to take the state forward.

"This is not about an early election, it's about leadership.

"When the Premier was elected, she said she'd go the full term. Last month she was campaigning over fixed four-year terms. Now she wants a snap election.

"Her own Ministers have rejected a snap election, proving the internal division that exists within the ALP.

"If the Premier cannot lead she needs to reconsider her own position."

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