Newman vows to keep appealing sentences
Premier Campbell Newman says the LNP "should appeal inappropriate decisions in the court" in order to "protect the community".PT1M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3bs0v 620 349 July 11, 2014
Premier Campbell Newman has hit out at media hypocrisy, saying his government will not stop appealing judiciary decisions it considers "inappropriate" and out of step with community expectations.
Supreme Court Justice Philip McMurdo told a supreme and federal courts judges conference that there had been an "increasing trend" of governments "disparaging" the courts.
He made mention on the number of appeals attorneys-general had lodged, saying the "demands" for heavier sentences, ongoing detention and refusing bail were "not based on evidence".
Premier Campbell Newman Photo: Glenn Hunt
Justice McMurdo, who also suggested a new selection process should be established for the Chief Justice position, was the latest member of the Queensland judiciary to make comment against government practices.
But when asked about the comments by a journalist, Mr Newman hit back at the media.
"Well News Corp keeps telling us and the media keeps saying every night when some paedophile gets out of prison, the media scream for governments to do something and yet we keep hearing about the independence of the judiciary, he said.
"Well it’s the right and proper thing to do for governments to protect the community. I’m sure these folk here agree, they would all agree that government should appeal inappropriate decisions in the courts and that is formal proper due legal process.
"And of course it will continue both here and other interstate jurisdictions."