Jarrod Bleijie.
Jarrod Bleijie. Kari Bourne

Growing calls for Jarrod Bleijie to stand down

THERE are growing calls for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to step down over the State Government's controversial promotion of Tim Carmody from chief magistrate to Supreme Court chief justice.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and Civil Liberties Council vice-president Terry O'Gorman yesterday both called for the Kawana MP to step aside.

Their condemnation came a day after Peter Davis QC quit as head of the Queensland Bar Association, citing the leaking of confidential discussions he had with one of Mr Bleijie's senior staff about Mr Carmody's possible promotion.

Ms Palaszczuk was also highly critical of the Attorney-General over the alleged leaks, saying a private letter she wrote on the chief justice issue found its way into the hands of a newspaper columnist sympathetic to the government.

"On Monday, the Attorney-General should not be walking through the doors of this Executive Building," she said.

"The only reason he should go through these doors is to hand his resignation in to the Premier of Queensland."

A spokesman for Mr Bleijie said "nothing came from the Attorney-General or his office".

Mr O'Gorman likened the chief justice appointment process to "the Joh days" when Terry Lewis leapfrogged numerous better qualified senior police to become police commissioner.