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Miller 'free to raise concerns': premier

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland's maverick Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller hasn't raised any complaints about being threatened over her unconventional budget estimates performance, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

That's despite the Bundamba MP openly imploring her colleagues to follow in her footsteps "no matter what threats are made" in a passionate speech to parliament.

Ms Miller raised eyebrows by grilling her own colleagues during the annual estimates hearings last month, at times becoming more effective than the opposition at garnering awkward answers from ministers.

On Tuesday she told parliament she was the only MP to attend all but one of the hearings, also bemoaning the current attitudes towards estimates.

"Over the years it has saddened me somewhat that the estimates committees of the Queensland parliament have come to be seen as a joke not only within this parliament but also within the public service as well," she said.

"I would like to implore members of this parliament to actually follow in my footsteps no matter what threats are made to the individual members of parliament or whatever the consequences of those actions may be."

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says maverick Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller is free to raise concerns about any threats from colleagues. © AAP Image/Dan Peled Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says maverick Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller is free to raise concerns about any threats from colleagues. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted Ms Miller had avenues to raise her concerns.

"If Jo-Ann Miller has any concerns she is free to raise those concerns with me," she said on Wednesday.

"She has not raised those concerns with me.

"She is also free to raise those issues with the Speaker through the normal parliamentary process."

Ms Miller, who was dumped as police minister last year, likened the process, which is designed to scrutinise how a government plans to spend public money within each portfolio following the release of the budget every year, to "a dance".

"The government side is so organised that it is almost like a parliamentary waltz where you can see ministers almost relax when the government members ask questions," she said.

Since Cook MP Billy Gordon's exit from the Labor party earlier this year, the government can't afford to lose another member in the hung parliament - granting Ms Miller considerable freedom to speak her mind with increasing nonchalance.

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