HAPPIER TIMES: Jo-Ann Miller and Annastacia Palaszczuk.
HAPPIER TIMES: Jo-Ann Miller and Annastacia Palaszczuk. Contributed

Woman embezzled from club in Palaszczuk's electorate

THE fraudster at the centre of this week's political scandal fleeced more than $21,000 from a community organisation located in Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's electorate.

Ms Palaszczuk was again forced to defend questions on Thursday after the Queensland Times revealed this week the jailbird was employed in former police minister Jo-Ann Miller's ministerial office.

The woman, who cannot be named, was convicted of 263 offences including stealing as a servant, fraud and falsifying documents.

She was sentenced to two years in jail which was suspended after she served six months behind bars.

Both Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Miller denied any knowledge of the woman's criminal past when she was employed.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller during the 2015 election campaign with a former staffer who was convicted of 263 fraud, stealing and forgery charges. Photo: Contributed
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller during the 2015 election campaign with a former staffer who was convicted of 263 fraud, stealing and forgery charges. Photo: Contributed Contributed

A former Labor minister told the QT they informed the Premier's office last year about the woman's form after she went on an alcohol-fuelled rant in a Redbank pub.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg asked Ms Palaszczuk during question time whether she was aware of anything which was happening in her office.

He citied four occasions when the Premier's office was notified of an issue only for Ms Palaszczuk to later claim she had no knowledge of it.

"Is it true the Premier has structured her $6.3million office to ensure she always knows nothing?" he asked.

Ms Palaszczuk said she did not know what the crux of the question was because it was just innuendo.

"Those opposite should be embarrassed by the personal attacks that have been led by the Leader of the Opposition this week," she said "They should be ashamed."

Mr Springborg then asked whether Ms Palaszczuk's office leaked confidential information surrounding a PCCC report in a bid to bring Ms Miller down.

Ms Palaszczuk said she had answered the question at length last week but did not rule it out or deny it.

The government has come under fire this week over the staffer issue and claims from the Opposition they are a "Do Nothing" government.

Labor ministers on Thursday outlined all the good things the government had done and achieved in the first two sitting weeks of the year.

Mr Springborg said the parliament had just seen the first audition for the "Labor's Got Talent" program.

State Parliament will resume again on March 15


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