Queensland Labor is endorsing another solicitor for the next state election, with its candidate ‘horrified’ at attacks on lawyers.
Queensland’s Labor opposition has preselected another criminal lawyer to run as a candidate at the next state election.
Louisa Pink, a solicitor at prominent civil libertarian Terry O’Gorman’s law firm, will run in the very safe Liberal National Party seat of Moggill, in Brisbane’s west.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk noted that former Queensland Liberal leader and housing minister Bruce Flegg is yet to be re-endorsed, suggesting the seat might be being held open for Premier Campbell Newman.
“In fact, they are in a holding pattern … in case Campbell Newman decides to abandon the seat of … Ashgrove and seek nomination here in the seat of Moggill,” she told reporters.
The LNP’s heavy defeat at the recent by-election in Stafford, which neighbours the premier’s seat, has had political commentators saying Mr Newman will lose his seat. Mr Newman has repeatedly ruled out trying to run in a safer seat.
Ms Pink, who has been a criminal defence lawyer with Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors since 2006, has been preselected by Labor, three months after it endorsed high-profile lawyer Peter Russo to run in another Brisbane seat.
Labor is making political capital out of Mr Newman’s February comments that bikie lawyers are “hired guns” who are part of the “criminal gang machine”.
“I was horrified at the casual way in which this government introduced such harsh laws which will cause systemic injustice in Queensland,” Ms Pink said.
“I was also horrified at the way that lawyers have been attacked.”