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Ethics committee finds Jo-Ann Miller guilty of contempt

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller Rob Williams

SHE is renowned for putting her two cents in and not shying away from a heated debate, but it seems Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller's words may have led her astray this time.

The Labor MP accused the Speaker Fiona Simpson of vilifying her last November during a Parliament sitting.

During question time on November 28, 2012, Ms Miller was mid-way through asking Premier Campbell Newman a question when she referred to the Premier as "you".

MPs must refer to other members in parliament as "member" and the electorate they represent.

After the Speaker ordered her to resume her seat, Ms Miller rose on a point of order.

"Madam Speaker, I have been vilified by you in this parliament for the last six months," she said.

After repeated warnings not to interject, that was the last straw.

The Speaker ordered Ms Miller leave the Parliamentary Chamber.

The Ethics Committee investigated the outspoken MP's behaviour and found she was guilty of contempt.

"The committee has unanimously recommended that the house find the member guilty of contempt, and that the house suspend the member from the Ethics Committee for a period of three months from the date the committee's recommendations are considered by the House," Ethics Committee chair Peter Dowling said.

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