Trad to refer Miller to ethics committee

Ed Jackson

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will seek her Labor colleague Jo-Ann Miller's referral to the parliamentary ethics committee.

Ms Trad's office confirmed on Friday she intends to write to Speaker Curtis Pitt asking him to refer Ms Miller to the ethics committee for misleading parliament.

Backbencher Ms Miller accused Ms Trad of being "reckless" over her handling of corruption complaints against Ipswich City Council and hinted at favouritism against the Labor-aligned council.

The maverick MP said "hundreds of complaints" had been ignored by Ms Trad during her period as local government minister between 2015 and 2017.

A similar argument was put forward by Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and two of her frontbenchers, based on a Right to Information request relating to complaints received by Ms Trad about the scandal-plagued council.

Ms Trad said the "326 complaints" referred to the number of pages in a document relating to just three accusations, which were all referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

"When I was local government minister, absolutely every single complaint or allegation that I received or my department received was managed according to the law," Ms Trad said on Tuesday in response to Ms Miller's accusations.

AAP has sought comment from Ms Miller.

Ms Frecklington, her deputy Tim Mander and education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie apologised for their comments minutes before parliament adjourned on Thursday.

Ms Trad has already indicated she will write to Mr Pitt asking him to refer Ms Frecklington and the LNP to the ethics committee.

Ms Frecklington said Ms Trad's decision to also refer her party colleague revealed the division between Ms Miller and her Labor colleagues.

"Infighting between Jackie Trad and the Member for Bundamba appears to be something that we're getting used too," she said.

Palaszczuk government minister Kate Jones said a standard had to be maintained across all sides of politics.

"Every member of parliament has a responsibility to be honest in parliament, that's why we have strong rules around this and I expect that the ethics committee will be investigating," Ms Jones said.

Ms Jones added Ms Frecklington's apology on Thursday was "limp-wristed at best" and the evidence showed the LNP had deliberately misled parliament.

Ms Frecklington said footage of her smiling while delivering her apology didn't make it insincere.

"It was sincere. Absolutely it was ... in the robustness of the house, when you've got people on the other side jeering and carrying on at you as well, I apologise if my resting face was a smile," she said.