Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has deflected criticism of the new Queensland Chief Justice appointment, saying the decision was not a political one.
“Just because a group of politicians make a decision doesn’t mean it’s a political decision,” said Mr Bleijie.
Critics of the appointment of Tim Carmody QC have highlighted his lack of qualifications for the role of Chief Justice and his support of LNP government policies during his less than a year as Chief Magistrate.
When asked why the LNP government had appointed someone who wasn’t a Supreme Court judge as head of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, Mr Bleijie said there was a clear precedent for the decision.
“What you guys forget is Campbell Newman became Premier without being an MP. And Campbell’s done a great job.”
Mr Bleijie said that the opinions of retired judges that Mr Carmody was a bad choice for Chief Justice were “not worth the paper they weren’t printed on.”
“Judges are notoriously bad judges of character. That’s why we have juries.”
Mr Bleijie said that criticism of the appointment process from the Queensland Bar Association, Australian Bar Association and the Queensland Law Society should also be seen for what it was.
“From the little I know about these groups, they only speak for a small minority of privileged Australians.”
“Let me repeat. The government consulted widely before appointing Mr Carmody as Queensland Chief Justice. And all the party members I’ve spoken to say he’s the perfect person for the job.”
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