Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie Tom Huntley

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie a 'legal menace'

QUEENSLAND Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman has labelled Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie a legal menace.

The attack came after the Queensland Government announced plans to take away the courts' power to determine whether some sex offenders remain behind bars indefinitely.

Mr Bleijie introduced changes to the Criminal Amendment Act in State Parliament on Wednesday which essentially gives him the power to recommend indefinite detention for dangerous criminals like serial sex offender Robert John Fardon.

"The fundamental difference is though if in my view this person still poses a risk to the community, then my recommendation will be not to release this person," Mr Bleijie said.

"This legislation will be reserved for the worst of the worst.

"It will be another layer of protection from predators who are a risk of reoffending, if all other legal avenues are exhausted," he said.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman said the new legislation was a further attack on the judicial system.

"The Attorney-General now wants to completely bypass the judiciary," Mr O'Gorman said.

"He has become a legal menace.

"His lack of experience as a lawyer is really starting to show through.

"It is clear he has no idea about the role judges play in our legal system or anything about separation of powers.

"I challenged the legal fraternity to wake up from its slumber and challenge this extremist Attorney-General," he said.

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Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Bleijie was no longer fit to remain the state's chief law officer.

"What he is proposing is worse than some of the decisions of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"His latest plan to set himself up as judge and jury on dangerous sex offenders and bypass the judiciary is simply unacceptable.

"Mr Bleijie has to decide if he wants to be Attorney-General or Judge Judy," she said.



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