Jann Stuckey
Jann Stuckey Chris Ison

City's MPs spend their holidays in south-east

WHILE Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey spent her Christmas break overseas, her Ipswich parliamentary colleagues chose to stay closer to home.

Ms Stuckey came under fire for urging Queenslanders to travel within their home state, while she went to the Maldives for her Christmas break.

In stark contrast to their jet-setting minister, Ipswich MP Ian Berry and his LNP colleague, Ipswich West MP Sean Choat, spent their holidays in south-east Queensland.

Labor's Bundamba MP, Jo-Ann Miller, worked through the Christmas period and will have days off at the end of January.

She said Ms Stuckey was not practising what she was preaching when it came to holidays.

"Basically she is an embarrassment to the members of the government," she said.

"If she is running around as the tourism minister saying we should spend our holidays in Queensland, she should follow her own advice.

"If she is running around as the tourism minister saying we should spend our holidays in Queensland, she should follow her own advice.

"She is saying do what I say, not what I do," Ms Miller said.

Ipswich MP Ian Berry stayed in Ipswich rather than travel to America to visit his daughter and grandchildren.

He spent his Christmas break in town attending to matters with his constituents and collecting the electoral mail.

Mr Berry said he thought the criticism of Ms Stuckey received was unfair.

"I know she's the minister for tourism, but at the same time you can live and breathe the job, but who knows what her circumstances were," she said.

"Maybe she's had the last seven years in Queensland and this year she went somewhere different."

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat visited family on the Darling Downs and visited the Gold Coast for a few days with his children.

He also felt the criticism angled towards Ms Stuckey was unfair.

"As I understand it, her kids were doing the 'live and work overseas' and she met them half-way," he said.

"Where people go on holiday is their own business.

"She made sure her electorate was being looked after."