The opposition wants the Newman government to make public the consultation process which led to the appointment of incoming chief justice Tim Carmody.
Queensland’s attorney-general should explain how he came to choose the state’s next chief justice, the opposition demands.
The former head of Queensland’s Bar Association wants Tim Carmody to reconsider his promotion before taking over as the state’s top judge on July 8.
Supreme Court justices are yet to congratulate their incoming leader and sources say they are considering boycotting his swearing-in ceremony.
Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk didn’t want to break convention by publicly criticising a judge, but said attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie doesn’t have the confidence of the judiciary and needs to resign.
Ms Palaszczuk and former Queensland Bar Association head Peter Davis QC have both accused Mr Bleijie or a staffer of betraying confidential discussions about the appointment, something Mr Bleijie’s office has denied.
Now that their views are public, Labor wants to know who else Mr Bleijie consulted.
“There is a whole crisis on how this selection process was carried out,” she said.
“I think the government should release exactly the process that was adopted, what they followed and who they took into their confidence,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Mr Carmody has enjoyed a meteoric rise under the Newman government, and is being promoted from chief magistrate to chief justice of the Supreme Court, despite never sitting in it.
His critics say he’s too close to the government and inexperienced.
Mr Davis, who resigned on Friday over the alleged leaking, labelled Judge Carmody’s appointment as “horrendously controversial”.
The fact that Supreme Court justices are silent is a “supreme vote of no confidence” in Mr Carmody’s appointment.
“The history books are not littered with leaders who are dragging people kicking and screaming with them,” Mr Davis told the ABC.
Mr Carmody’s appointment was decided by Mr Bleijie and Premier Campbell Newman, and cabinet approval wasn’t required.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, Transport Minister Scott Emerson and Energy Minister Mark McArdle rallied behind Mr Bleijie.
“Judge Carmody has the capacity, and history will prove he is the right man for the job,” Mr McArdle said.
“We want a safe state, we want the best state to raise a family and he (Jarrod Bleijie) is doing exactly that.
“Jarrod has the full confidence of every member of the government.”