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Queensland Labor endorses another criminal lawyer

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Queensland Labor's candidate for Moggill, Louisa Pink.

Queensland Labor's candidate for Moggill, Louisa Pink. Photo: www.robertsonogorman.com.au

Queensland's Labor opposition has preselected another criminal lawyer to run as a candidate at the next state election.

Louisa Pink, a solicitor at prominent civil libertarian Terry O'Gorman's law firm, will run in the very safe Liberal National Party seat of Moggill, in Brisbane's west.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk noted that former Queensland Liberal leader and housing minister Bruce Flegg is yet to be re-endorsed, suggesting the seat might be being held open for Premier Campbell Newman.

"In fact, they are in a holding pattern ... in case Campbell Newman decides to abandon the seat of ... Ashgrove and seek nomination here in the seat of Moggill," she told reporters.

The LNP's heavy defeat at the recent by-election in Stafford, which neighbours the premier's seat, has had political commentators saying Mr Newman will lose his seat. Mr Newman has repeatedly ruled out trying to run in a safer seat.

Ms Pink, who has been a criminal defence lawyer with Robertson O'Gorman Solicitors since 2006, has been preselected by Labor, three months after it endorsed high-profile lawyer Peter Russo to run in another Brisbane seat.

Labor is making political capital out of Mr Newman's February comments that bikie lawyers are "hired guns" who are part of the "criminal gang machine".

"I was horrified at the casual way in which this government introduced such harsh laws which will cause systemic injustice in Queensland," Ms Pink said.

"I was also horrified at the way that lawyers have been attacked."

AAP

37 comments so far

  • Well I rather this woman who has experience as compared to the current Attorney General who has no experience at all in law . Anything to see this Arrogant Ego driven Premier and his rotten LNP tossed out of Government

    Commenter
    John
    Location
    Wynnum
    Date and time
    July 28, 2014, 2:16PM
    • A criminal defence lawyer ? A perfect choice for the Labor Party really. Makes sense.

      Commenter
      Ha
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 4:52PM
    • As they say, 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name..

      Commenter
      Right
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 7:22PM
    • She will find that most people disagree (including in legal circles) with her assessment of the CMG laws. These are about the only thing Newman has in fact got right since attaining office. Spoken like a true criminal advocate though.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      July 29, 2014, 8:46AM
  • Not another Labor lawyer! Please please can you give us some diversity to vote for. Preselecting a lawyer because of draconian laws which will die a natural death at the hand of the electorate doesn't make sense. The stoush that the Govt is having with the legal profession will also be handled by the electorate. We need other professions and non-professionals in the parliament. Labor makes it hard to vote for them!

    Commenter
    Dav016
    Date and time
    July 28, 2014, 2:50PM
    • A tad more qualified than the current AG................

      Commenter
      The Chook of the Grove
      Location
      Ashgrove
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 3:02PM
    • Don't agree with you on that one Dav016, Lousia Pink is very experienced and will stand up for the electorate if elected. I'ld rather have one of her than any number of the current LNP crop.

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      Yes to Louisa Pink
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 3:07PM
    • Its OK buddy there are plenty of Liberal Lawyers too , but I'd expect that sort of comment from LNP apologist

      Commenter
      John
      Location
      Wynnum
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 3:13PM
    • It's a great choice in the event that conman newman makes a jump for the "safe" seat. The polls do not look great for Stafford and many things will need to be pointed out during the campaign and this lawyer looks right to do the damage, even if newman is not parachuted into the electorate.

      Commenter
      Transplant
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 3:18PM
    • You don't see merit in people constructing the laws to have a legal background?

      Commenter
      Des
      Date and time
      July 28, 2014, 3:25PM

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