After refusing to consult with shooter’s groups, Jo-Ann Miller was recentlydumped as Queensland Poilce and Emergency Services Minister (image: Shooters Union website).
Shooters across Australia, and particularly in Queensland, won’t be sad to hear that Jo-Ann Miller was this week dumped from her position as Police andPolice and Emergency Services Minister by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. She subsequently quit cabinet.
MsMiller attracted the ire of shooters by refusing to engage with shooter’s groupsdespite the fact that she was supposed to be making decisions around the National Firearms Agreement Review.
According to an article on the ABC website, Ms Palaszczuk yesterday said she would strip Ms Miller of the portfolio in a looming reshuffle, but had indicated she would remain in Cabinet.
Ms Miller however tendered her resignation from Cabinet in Parliament today.
“It has been an honour to serve as Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services,” she said.
“I have enjoyed working with all my commissioners, directors general, officers and staff across my portfolio.
“It has been a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with them, supporting them as they do what they do best – keeping Queenslanders safe.”
Former LNP campaign chairman Graham Young said it would have been difficult for Ms Miller to be sacked because of her union ties.
“I think it demonstrates the weak position the Palaszczuk Government is in and a really strong weakness in the ALP system that really the only person who could sack Jo-Ann Miller was Jo-Ann Miller,” he said.
“So in a sense the whole Government was held hostage to her decision rather than the Premier’s.”
Ms Miller’s demotion came after yesterday’s report from Parliament’s ethics committee found Ms Miller demonstrated a pattern of reckless conduct which was not of ministerial or parliamentary standard.