Ipswich MP wants "royal commission into black lung"

IPSWICH MP and coal miner's daughter Jo-Ann Miller has called on the Queensland Premier to hold a royal commission into black lung and wants an investigation into how the mines department let it happen.

At the first day of Queensland parliament's budget estimates hearings the Bundamba MP asked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to consider holding a royal commission into how black lung was allowed to re-emerge.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was sympathetic to Ms Miller's calls but did not commit to holding a royal commission.

Ms Miller then called for an investigation into the mines department in order to restore worker confidence in the department.