Reckless Jo falls on her sword and resigns from Cabinet

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller's fall from grace is complete after she sensationally quit Cabinet on the final sitting day of the parliamentary year.

Ms Miller made the announcement on Friday in State Parliament shortly before the start of question time.

She then left the Chamber.

"I advise the House that I have tendered my resignation from the Queensland Cabinet to the Premier," she said.

"It has been an honour to serve as Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services.

"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.

"I wish them well in their future endeavours and my spirit will always be with them."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said it was a shame Ms Miller's demise played out in such a public manner, but he said the two needed to bury the hatchet.

He said they needed to work together for the best interest of the city.

"Hopefully all the political differences of the past can be put behind us and we can move forward together," he said.

"My door will always be open if Jo-Ann wants to talk.

"Instead of fighting each other, let's fight together."

Ms Miller's fall from grace comes after a scathing ethics committee report was tabled this week in parliament.

The QT was leaked content of the report and published the exclusive story earlier this week.

The Labor Party sensationally referred Ms Miller to the ethics committee on July 13 over allegations she deliberately misled parliament.

The referral came after it was revealed Ms Miller had signed a statutory declaration stating she had destroyed highly sensitive documents held in a safe.

It was revealed nearly 90 documents, along with confidential passwords relating to covert Crime and Corruption Commission investigations, were left behind in the safe.

The bipartisan ethics committee report said Ms Miller had displayed a pattern of reckless behaviour unbecoming of an MP and minister.

It also found Ms Miller's conduct fell short of the standards Queenslanders would expect of an MP performing those roles. The committee ordered Ms Miller to issue a public apology for her behaviour - which she did several hours later.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acted following Ms Miller's public apology and sacked her from the police portfolio.

Ms Miller's sacking capped off a momentous day on Thursday after Ipswich West MP Jim Madden then addressed parliament revealing he was the Queensland Times' source of the damaging report leak.



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