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Maverick Qld MP takes up greyhound fight

AAP logoAAP 22/07/2016 By Jamie McKinnell

A senior bureaucrat, under questioning by Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller, has been forced to admit the Queensland government has given no money to the RSPCA to help specifically with scandals in the greyhound racing industry.

Ms Miller, who has been a thorn in the minority Labor government's side during the budget estimates process, on Friday demanded to know whether the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had pledged any money in response to the so-called "wastage" of dogs.

Director-General Elizabeth Woods said the organisation was given $250,000, but the government hadn't directed how it should be spent.

"So it's all encompassed in the general funding, even though the community has been up in arms about the greyhound industry," Ms Miller said.

Ms Woods later clarified the money was an additional contribution.

Ms Miller, dumped as police minister late last year, has this week grilled her own colleagues on a wide range of issues from urban tree clearing to the minimum wage for electoral office cleaners.

On Friday she also took aim at Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson over the hardship suffered by meatworkers in her electorate due to drought and overseas exports.

"Do you support Queensland abattoir production and the full employment of meatworkers, or the export of their jobs overseas due to live cattle exports?" Ms Miller said.

The minister said live cattle exports accounted for only 5.5 per cent of the total $4.9 billion beef export value of 2014-15.

She said facilities could "value add" - or use offcuts for other products - to bolster support, referencing a Cannon Hill plant where rissoles were made during the production chain.

Ms Miller took a swipe at the reply.

"Minister, I note your rissole-led recovery advice to Dinmore meatworkers, and I'm sure that at present they're consulting their CWA cookbooks," she said.

While Ms Miller's pointed questions have raised eyebrows, she has this week insisted she is "true-blue Labor" and is confident of being re-endorsed in Bundamba at the next Queensland election.

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