WHERE'S JO? Just like Wally, Bundamba MP difficult to find

TAXPAYERS are forking out $23,000 paying Jo-Ann Miller to sit on a committee even though she hasn't bothered going to four of its six meetings.   

During the past six months, sightings of the outspoken Ms Miller have been rare and the community is beginning to question if the MP is worth her $170,000-plus salary.   

She hasn't been to local events, where even the Premier made an appearance, and parliamentary records show she wasn't travelling the state with her fellow MPs to committee meetings.   

Even the Ipswich Show Society has given up expecting her to be involved in their annual event after invitations were ignored.   

Ms Miller is one of three government MPs on the Finance and Administration Committee investigating the practices of labour hire companies.   

She was appointed to the committee in May after being sacked as the police minister, slashing her salary from just over $300,000 to approximately $150,000.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller DAN PELED

It's the only committee Ms Miller sits on, yet out of the six meetings held in June she only showed up to two; one in Gatton and the other in Brisbane.  

The Bundamba MP, who hammered her own government with questions during parliament estimate hearings last month, has also skipped numerous high profile public appearances.  

Her absence at the annual 'Our City' breakfast on Friday was difficult not to notice, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioning the member during a speech.   

Ms Palaszczuk reminded residents to go to their local members for help.   MPs Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard both attended.  

Ms Miller was also a notable absentee from the ALP's Hayden Oration on Saturday night at the Ipswich Club.   The event was packed with local ALP heavyweights.   

For the past two years Ipswich Show Society President Rusty Thomas has asked for Ms Miller's support at their official show luncheons, but she hasn't attended.   

"It's a community event and being a state politician she should come along," Mr Thomas said.   

"We run the show, but we rely on their support as a community group.   

"She is meant to be representing this community and she should have been more supportive of the show society."

The QT contacted Ms Miller's office for comment and also for a list of the events she has attended in the past six months. We are still waiting for a response.  


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