Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller

Ipswich MP sent to sin bin again after questioning Newman

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller was sin binned from Parliament for the sixth time since the LNP took office after a question time row with Premier Campbell Newman.

Mrs Miller questioned the Premier on his knowledge of the Westminster political system after his radio gaff suggesting the separation of powers was "more of an American thing".

The Bundamba MP attempted to table a fact sheet on the separation of powers for primary school children, found on the parliamentary website, for Mr Newman to catch up on his knowledge of legislation model.

Mrs Miller said: "I ask has the Premier read the fact sheet and does he understand that the separation of powers is very much a Westminster thing?"

But Mr Newman took exception to the jibe.

He claimed the Labor MPs had "verballed" him at every opportunity.

Mr Newman told parliament: "Not a day goes by that we come into this place that the Labor Party do not try and verbal me. The point I was making on radio station -"

He was interrupted by interjections by Mrs Miller, who attempted to make a point of order.

Speaker Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson told her to take her seat.

Mrs Miller replied: "I haven't verballed him."

Mr Newman continued to defend his statement, and accused Labor of hypocrisy.

"The Labor Party and other commentators have sought to suggest that one should not criticise the actions of the judiciary. That is what they have done in the last few days. But I say: we will be true to Queenslanders."

The parliamentary debate shifted the tension between the two political figures continued to boil.

As Mr Newman addressed a question regarding the future of Sunwater employees, Mrs Miller shouted - "you're an embarrassment" at the premier.

Mrs Miller was ordered to leave the chamber for an hour for interfering with proceedings. It is the latest in a long list of run ins Mrs Miller had endured in the past 18 months.

Late last year she was ejected from parliament twice in two days.

She was also booted for refusing to bow to deputy speaker and Ipswich MP Ian Berry as she entered the chamber.

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