“Well, Trad is a four-letter word, isn’t it?” Ms Miller said in response.
“Maybe I should leave it at that.”
When Ms Palaszczuk was asked if she agreed with Ms Miller’s assessment, the Premier said: “I don’t think MPs should be speaking about other MPs like that.
“People should have a higher standard of behaviour and everyone should be respectful of one another,” she said.
“I think everyone should go have a cold shower.”
The barbs come as speculation mounts Ms Miller, Labor’s longest-serving MP, might quit Parliament to run for mayor of Ipswich.
The Bundamba MP has not ruled out a tilt at the mayoral office, which remains empty after the council was dissolved amid corruption and poor governance allegations in 2018.
“Queensland Parliament can be the loneliest place in the world,” Ms Miller told the ABC.
“They make it very clear whether you are part of their Labor Party or not. I actually don’t like coming to Parliament anymore.”
Ms Miller claimed she had been “ostracised” by the Labor Party after raising corruption concerns about Ipswich City Council and had been given the silent treatment for years.
“There can be overt bullying and there can be intimidation,” she said.
Ms Miller has earned a reputation as a pot-stirrer within her own party since being ousted as police minister in 2015, following a series of gaffes.
She claims she was told all of her speeches to Parliament would need to be approved by a minister’s office after she was “forced to resign” from cabinet.
“I was not going to have some pimply-faced 20 year old in a ministerial office go through whatever I was going to say, to approve it or not,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk said she says hello to Ms Miller at events and her office was in contact with her.
“I think a lot of people were very disappointed when Jo-Ann went and embraced Pauline Hanson during the last state campaign and I was disappointed in that as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I have been the subject of bullying in the past too.”
One Nation founder Pauline Hanson famously met with Ms Miller on the hustings during the 2017 election campaign, with Ms Miller giving Senator Hanson a pair of booties for her baby grandson.
– with Stuart Layt
Lydia Lynch is a reporter for the Brisbane Times