Jo-Ann Miller Quits Cabinet After Demotion From Police Minister

Jo-Ann Miller has quit Cabinet following her demotion as Police and Emergency Services Minister by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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.

The Queensland Police Union said Ms Miller was out of her depth and destructive to the force.

“It became quite clear with Jo-Ann that it was time and time and time again, it was blunder after blunder after blunder,” Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said.

“Right from the outset it became apparent that Jo-Ann Miller was out of her depth, she made a lot of poor decisions and was certainly destructive to the police department.

“It became unworkable, I hope whoever comes into the ministry has the foresight to be able to work with people and make their own decisions.

“I’ve got to say in some ways it’s not entirely her fault, it’s the poor advice she got from her advisers and the police department.”

But the Queensland Firefighters Union has defended Ms Miller, who also held the emergency services portfolio.

President John Oliver said she had the respect of firefighters.

“She gets onto the ground and she goes and meets with [officers] at the stations … and firefighters are pretty much looking for that,” he said.

“So we need someone to really get down to the nitty gritty, in fact we need a minister who is capable and understanding of the work that needs to occur and I believe Jo-Ann Miller had that.”

Read more at ABC News.

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