Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller has been referred to Queensland parliament’s ethics committee after claiming a fellow MP illegally employed an LNP candidate.

Queensland MP Jo-Ann Miller has been referred to parliament’s ethics committee after accusing a state government MP of illegally employing a political rival.

Ms Miller told parliament in February that Logan MP Michael Pucci had illegally hired Michael Kitzelmann, the Liberal National Party candidate who stood against her in Bundamba at the 2012 election.

She argued Mr Kitzelmann had accepted a voluntary early retirement as a bureaucrat before the election and wasn’t allowed to work in the public service for three years.

However, Mr Pucci said the statements were “untrue and offensive”.

He said the clerk of parliament employed staff and the clerk did not consider the employment unlawful.

“Given the prima facie evidence provided to me, I have decided to refer the matter to the Ethics Committee for their investigation,” Speaker Fiona Simpson told parliament on Thursday.