Miller targets Labor, LNP at Qld estimates

Stuart Layt
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has been counselled by the Qld premier after a foul-mouthed rant.

Queensland Labor backbencher Jo-Ann Miller has taken her government to task at estimates hearings on the issue of child safety.

Ms Miller said constituents in her Ipswich seat of Bundamba had had "a gutful" of the Department of Child Safety.

"My constituents have very little trust in the department. They believe the whole child safety system is broken," Ms Miller said.

"They also have a lack of confidence in the decisions being made by officers of your department."

Ms Miller said the root causes of child endangerment, such as poverty, lack of parenting skills and multi-generational abuse, were not being addressed.

The department's Director-General Michael Hogan admitted all those things were a problem, but insisted the department had programs in place to turn things around.

"The member has a point that it is very important that efforts are made by the community and the government to address the root causes of neglect and abuse," Mr Hogan said.

"I'm very pleased to inform the member about the steps that have been taken in the last number of years implementing the supporting families changing future initiative, and other initiatives to do just that."

Ms Miller also criticised both Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman and opposition spokeswoman Ros Bates, who clashed repeatedly during the afternoon session.

It was a far more cordial hearing earlier in the day as Health Minister Cameron Dick answered questions.

LNP health spokesperson John Paul Langbroek started the session by pointing out part of the budget documents for the health services portfolio had a printing error.

Mr Langbroek said it threw a shadow over the quality of the data in the rest of the document, but Mr Dick insisted it was just a printing error that hadn't originated in his office.

Mr Langbroek later referenced popular ABC show Utopia when questioning Queensland Health Director General Michael Walsh about the difference between a "plan" and a "framework".

The show satirises the jargon and processes of the public service, which Mr Langbroek felt was relevant to proceedings.

"Feels like we're in Utopia, doesn't it? From a plan to a framework," he said.

"The reason for a framework is it's enduring, it's able to be updated, rather than a plan which has an end date," Mr Walsh clarified.

Mr Dick took exception to the line of questioning.

"I feel like it's easy to be cynical about these things but the fact is this framework is very important to a range of people," he argued.

"Just a bit of humour, minister," Mr Langbroek replied.

Environment Minister Steven Miles and Treasurer Curtis Pitt will both front the final day of estimates on Thursday.

They will be standing in for former minister Mark Bailey, who was stood aside last week following a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into his use of a personal email account.