THE LOUIS VUI-CON CONTINUES
POLICE Minister Jo-Ann Miller was the lucky recipient of a genuine Louis Vuitton belt on the same day she faced criticism for wearing a knockoff version.
The Ministerial Gifts Register reveals North Ipswich local Hans Andersen gave Ms Miller the belt on May 5. That was the day the Police Minister appeared on the front page of The Courier-Mail wearing a fake Louis Vuitton belt at a Labour Day rally.
Meanwhile, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad was listed as having kept a ceramic vase, a book, a mousepad and two CDs she received as a gift from Dr Zhao Yongchen, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China. The goods were valued at $271.30.
It’s understood Ms Trad’s office discovered that the CDs – titled The Flying Love Rhythms – were missing the actual discs.
The gifts register lists Ms Miller’s belt as a “Louis Vuitton leather belt”.
“I dropped the belt off because I thought it was a bit of a joke,” Mr Andersen said. “I never actually used the belt, I just had it in a cupboard.”
The gifts register valued Mr Andersen’s belt at $290 – though he said he paid about $600 for it four years ago. The register confirms Ms Miller “retained” the gift.
The gifts register also notes Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk kept a $290 Tambo teddy bear given to her by the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, along with nine books from the University of Queensland Press.
Education Minister Kate Jones also landed a Tambo teddy bear from Tourism Events Queensland. Representatives from Queensland schools also gave her an Anzac teddy bear, a one penny coin and some Gallipoli sand.
The Tourism Minister also retained a $340 ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 framed print.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt held on to a 2015 Maroons jersey from Suncorp Group, along with a Cowboys jersey signed by Johnathan Thurston given to him by the Cowboys.
Health Minister Cameron Dick took home some Maroons merchandise while also keeping a $210 “white fivepiece porcelain tea set” gifted by Ken Lai, the Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
Former premier Campbell Newman’s considerably lengthier list of gifts included a pair of “presidential” cufflinks and a notebook from US President Barack Obama.
Mr Newman retained the
mementos, along with headphones from Todd’s Hi-Fi.
Former treasurer Tim Nicholls kept a $240 “framed Chinese painting of three sheep” given to him by the China Construction Bank.
He also retained a $210 “eight-piece tea set with goldfish” that came by way of Mr Lai from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
The MSB received from Ms Palaszczuk a $475 “ashtray by Halcyon Days” she received from Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.