Miller counters ballot allegation
MEMBER for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller has hit back at allegations her rival was pressured to step down before a pre-selection ballot.
Toni Gibbs had nominated for the pre-selection ballot but pulled out before it was held.
Neither she nor Mrs Miller would comment on why she stood down, but a former Labor Party member said she was forced out.
Daniel Robinson, who said he had been vice-president of the party’s Collingwood Park/Riverview branch, resigned last week.
He said Ms Gibbs was told by party officials to step down and leave Mrs Miller as the unopposed candidate for Bundamba.
Ms Gibbs yesterday declined to talk about the allegation.
“I haven’t got a comment to make on that,” she said.
Mrs Miller said she had “no knowledge” of Ms Gibbs being asked to step down.
“I am the endorsed candidate and followed all internal party processes,” she said.
“I am confident I have the support of local members, community organisations and trade unions. I am getting on with the job and take nothing for granted at the next state election.
Mr Robinson said he had been a member of the Labor Party since 2006 but had now swung his support behind LNP candidate Michael Kitzelmann.
Apart from the pre-selection issue, he said Mrs Miller hadn’t represented her constituents, specifically with the Collingwood Park subsidence, Blackstone and Dinmore school closures, comments about Springfield being soulless and during the floods.
Mrs Miller said she had supported residents even before she was elected and “will always stand by them no matter what”.
“Specifically, as a Collingwood Park resident myself, I have long supported the residents of Collingwood Park with mine subsidence issues,” she said.
“The Blackstone and Dinmore State schools have been leased to community organisations and have been a godsend in the flood recovery process.
“The Springfield community now has its very own Catholic Parish, and the Springfield Land Corporation has offered free land for churches.
“Together with the Department of Communities, Queensland Health and other state agencies, I have been tireless in the support of families affected by the floods.”