Miller braced for showdown
A PRE-SELECTION showdown ahead of the next state election is looming between the Labor Party and Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller.
Ms Miller’s grilling of her own ALP ministers in estimates hearings, including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, has gone down like a lead balloon with her party and moves are afoot to pre-select another candidate before the next election.
The QT has spoken to several senior Labor figures who said Ms Miller would be disendorsed now if the numbers in parliament were not so tight.
It is rare for a sitting member to be disendorsed and Ms Miller won the seat of Bundamba by a large margin in 2015.
It is understood that two candidates, one from the CFMEU and one from United Voice, are positioning themselves for a challenge.
Ms Miller was quizzed at length on 612 ABC by Steve Austin on his morning program on Thursday, during which he asked whether she would run as an independent at the next state election or as a member of the ALP.
“People should absolutely stop listening to these rumours being peddled by the Opposition,” she said.
Mr Austin then asked: “So you absolutely believe you will be endorsed by the Labor Party as their candidate at the next state election?”
Ms Miller’s response was emphatic.
“Absolutely, Steve. I have been a true blue member of the Labor Party and I have no doubt I will be endorsed by the Labor Party at the next state election,” she said.
But not all Labor Party figures agree.
“She is not in a position to say that,” one senior source said.
“There can be a deal done with the left and right and someone else can be pre-selected, and candidates are circling now. If the numbers in parliament weren’t so tight the party would disendorse her now.
“Her behaviour (in estimates hearings) has been weird and extraordinarily unusual. It has been bad for the party.”
Another source said the next Labor candidate for Bundamba would “be a female, but it won’t be Jo-Ann Miller”.
“Jo-Ann is going to be challenged at pre-selection. That decision has already been made,” another ALP source told the QT.