Tired of the attacks on his Attorney-General, Premier Campbell Newman has released previously secret documents about the legal career of Jarrod Bleijie.
Mr Newman said the documents prove once and for all that Mr Bleijie is not only one of the best lawyers in Queensland but one of the best legal minds in the world.
Graduating at the top of his class at Australia’s most prestigious law school – the Queensland University of Technology – Mr Bleijie turned down a Rhodes scholarship to work at a Sunshine Coast law firm.
Working 18 hour days, Bleijie quickly gained a reputation as the state’s smartest and hardest working lawyer. In an undefeated career in the courts, Bleijie won 247 cases in a row and became the first articled clerk to be appointed a Senior Counsel.
In one of his most famous victories, Bleijie convinced a Sydney jury that NSW-born footballer Greg Inglis should play State of Origin for Queensland.
In a landmark High Court challenge, Bleijie also successfully argued that large portions of the Australian Constitution were unconstitutional.
Mr Bleijie later travelled to the United States and secured a pardon for Tom Robinson, the victim of racial injustice in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Mr Bleijie also won over the notoriously stuffy British legal community by beating its most famous jurist, Lord Denning, in a cryptic crossword race.
Upon his return to Australia, Mr Bleijie devoted his time to charity and became a close friend – and mentor – of fellow Sunshine Coast philanthropist, Steve Irwin.
Although Mr Bleijie was unable to save Irwin from the barb of a murderous stingray, he successfully prosecuted the animal for murder. Securing a 50 year life sentence, Mr Bleijie brought a famous end to Queensland’s longstanding “catch and release” policy for underwater offenders.
The Premier’s secret documents also reveal that Mr Bleijie was unbeaten at Queensland Law Society charity golf tournaments. At an event in 2008, Bleijie hit an amazing 19 holes-in-one during a single round.
“I don’t know how Jarrod got 19 holes-in-one on an 18-hole golf course,” said Mr Newman, “but it goes to show how incredible he clearly is.”
Mr Bleijie’s critics are expected to be called before Queensland’s new Department of Truth to respond to the documents.
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