Tarnya Smith claims three other LNP MPs saw Jo-ann Miller make threatening gestures and statements.
Tarnya Smith claims three other LNP MPs saw Jo-ann Miller make threatening gestures and statements. Liam Kidston

Miller's half-hearted apology after throat-slitting gesture

A HALF-HEARTED apology was the response Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller offered an MP for twice making throat slitting gestures at her.

Ms Miller told Queensland Parliament on Wednesday evening Mount Ommaney MP Tarnya Smith misunderstood the gestures.

Ms Smith said after the Bundamba MP made the motion the first time during question time on Tuesday Ms Miller said "I'm going to get you".

She said Ms Miller then gestured again and said "you're a goner".

But Ms Miller said she never intended to distress or offend Ms Smith.

"During a robust debate I gestured and requested the member for Mount Ommaney to silence her repeated interjections, nothing more," Ms Miller said.

"If the member for Mount Ommaney misunderstood the gesture and the words I used and has taken offence, I regret any distress this may have caused."

Ms Smith said she would send a formal letter to Speaker Peter Wellington about Ms Miller's actions.

In the letter she will request Ms Miller be referred to the ethics committee for contempt of parliament and ask Mr Wellington to consider whether the Bundamba MP's actions were illegal.

The committee is already investigating whether Ms Miller failed to destroy confidential documents and signed a statement that said she had destroyed them.

 

EARLIER: MP accuses Miller of throat slitting motion towards her

AN MP has accused Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller of making a throat slitting motion towards her and saying "I'm going to get you".

Mount Ommaney MP Tarnya Smith said the Bundamba MP made the threats during parliament's question time on Tuesday.

Ms Smith said after Ms Miller made a second throat slitting motion, the police minister said "you're a goner".

Three LNP MPs saw Ms Miller make the gestures and statements, Ms Smith said.

"I also believe members of the public gallery may have witnessed the events," she said.

Labor argued Ms Smith should have raised what occurred on Tuesday.

Ms Smith will send a formal letter to Speaker Peter Wellington about the accusations and requesting Ms Miller be referred to the ethics committee for contempt of parliament.

She also wants Mr Wellington to consider whether Ms Miller's actions were illegal.

The committee is already investigating whether Ms Miller failed to destroy confidential documents and signed a statement that said she had destroyed them.

- APN NEWSDESK



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