Queensland’s Attorney-General is playing down tensions with the judiciary, after a spectacular falling out earlier this week.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has played down the rift with the Queensland judiciary and says it’s business as usual.
Mr Bleijie was criticised this week after revealing details of a confidential conversation he had last year with Appeals Court president Justice Margaret McMurdo over who to promote.
Mr Bleijie decided to go public and inferred Ms McMurdo put her husband’s name forward in retaliation after Ms McMurdo suggested the Liberal National Party had an unconscious bias towards appointing women.
Former Solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff called on Mr Bleijie to resign, and the Bar Association and the Judicial Conference of Australia added complaints, prompting Premier Campbell Newman to call for calm.
Mr Bleijie says he’s met with the judiciary since the blow up.
“I had a very pleasant coffee with the chief magistrate and the chief justice the day before yesterday, after all these events unfolded,” he said.
“For me, it’s business as usual.
“And we’ve got some pretty important appointments to make.”
“The chief justice replacement, the solicitor-general replacement, and the chief judge at the end of the year.”