Miller gets boot again for calling MP 'ignorant'

ANGRY: Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann is concerned about the State Government’s plans to treat public housing tenants as “second class citizens”.
ANGRY: Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann is concerned about the State Government’s plans to treat public housing tenants as “second class citizens”. Claudia Baxter

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller has been ejected from State Parliament for a seventh time - after describing a minister as an "ignorant person".

Her expulsion on Wednesday night came just a day after she was ejected for a sixth time following a spat with Premier Campbell Newman in which she labelled him "an embarrassment".

On Wednesday night Mrs Miller was engaged in robust discussion with Housing Minister Tim Mander - having already received warnings about her conduct from Speaker Fiona Simpson.

Mr Mander had said that Mrs Miller "claims that this new three-strike policy (that forces rogue social housing tenants to be evicted on the third warning) goes too far" and that she would "prefer to go back to the days when bad behaviour would be erased from the record if you behaved yourself for 30 days".

Mrs Miller responded with: "We brought in the three strikes, you ignorant person."

Ipswich MP Ian Berry, the deputy speaker, then said: "Order! Under section 253A you can leave the chamber."

Mr Berry was not sure whether being ejected for a seventh time was a record but he did say Mrs Miller had been given a long rope.

"I was chair, allowing a fair bit of robustness between Tim Mander and Jo-Ann Miller," Mr Berry said

"Tim was taking it and Jo-Ann was taking it. The problem was that Jo-Ann was on a 253A (as) she had been previously warned in the day.

"When you go from the banter to a direct personal attack on the minister then you have crossed the line. She crossed the line, she left for an hour, and embarrassed her leader and party because she was the shadow minister putting forward amendments."

Mrs Miller was in parliament arguing against a residential tenancies bill. She said that 35 Ipswich Housing Service Centre could lose their jobs due to the changes and that the legislation, which also lays the foundation for the transfer of public housing to community housing charities and the private sector, is fundamentally unfair and is already causing tenants fear and anxiety.

"Public housing tenants are being treated as second class citizens by Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander who has decided that they don't deserve the same rights that others have when it comes to tenancy agreements," she said.

"The legislation allows existing tenancy agreements to be ripped-up and replaced with contracts which could have a dramatic impact on the household budgets of pensioners, low-paid workers and the most vulnerable members of society.

One of the consequences of this legislation is that highly-skilled, hard-working and dedicated housing department officers no longer know if they will continue to have a job."

Mr Berry said Mrs Miller was scaremongering.

"There will be no loss of jobs as a result of these amendments," he said.

Out of order!

  • Some of Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller's past ejections
  • August 2, 2012 - Called Premier Newman "a dill"
  • November 15, 2012 - Refused to bow to speaker Ian Berry
  • November 28, 2012 - Accused speaker of vilification
  • October 29, 2013 - Questioned Premier Newman's intelligence

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