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Rocky MP Bill Byrne stands in as police minister

STAND IN: Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne is now the temporary police minister.
STAND IN: Minister for Agriculture Bill Byrne is now the temporary police minister. Chris Ison Rokcagri

ROCKHAMPTON MP and Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has added another title to his belt as he takes on the role of police minister after the resignation of Jo-Ann Miller.

Ms Miller stood down from Queensland Cabinet last week after being demoted as a result of the Ethics Committee report that was carried out against the former minister after allegations of misleading the former Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

It was confirmed to The Morning Bulletin yesterday that Mr Byrne, who held the position of shadow police minister during his first term in parliament, had taken on the role of acting minister for police, corrective services, and emergency services until Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces a permanent minister.

Bill Byrne said yesterday he was "happy to serve in any capacity as requested by the premier and his colleagues."

But not everyone in parliament will be happy to learn of Mr Byrne's temporary title.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg told media outside Brisbane's Parliament House on Friday that Mr Byrne wouldn't make a "good police minister."

"Bill Byrne has made a hopeless racing minister," Mr Springborg said.

"He hasn't stood up for the interests of the sugar industry, he's been a hopeless racing minister, he's sold out the sugar cane farmers this week.

"And I don't think he'll be a very good police minister if he can't stand up on his existing portfolio."

Mr Byrne was contacted to respond to these claims but declined to comment.

Topics:  bill byrne, government, police, police minister jo-ann miller, queensland cabinet, rockhampton



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