Your say: Newman's judiciary comments
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has said that judges and magistrates who criticised his government's new powers to overrule the judiciary were living in "ivory towers". He also labelled critics of the laws as "apologists for paedophiles". What are your thoughts?
- Yes and no. The laws need to be really tough to stamp out these gangs and prevent them from continuing. I don't like that he criticizes the judiciary. We do not need these gangs in Australia. I know people who think bikies like the hells angels are warm and fuzzy. They are out and out criminals and should be treated accordingly
- "Good on him! These people don't answer to us yet we have to pay them.....sorry but that doesn't fly. All the people banging on about every little thing Newman does need to get a life.......judge him on his results, and he's certainly getting results." - darkrob121 via comments
- Should the judiciary be more accountable? YES. Should politicians be given the power to over ride their rulings? Most definitely not. Rulings need to be based on thorough comprehension of the law, legal precedent and considered deliberation of the facts of each case. Politicians can not be expected to contribute any of these three critical elements to legal decision making processes. Focus on doing your own job properly Mr Newman.
- "I totally agree with Newman. Good on him for standing up to a group of unaccountable self righteous lawyers promoted to a position of influence and gold plated spoons. I have NO respect for our justice system. Its only a ridiculous legal system - no justice at all. Don't start me." - j 76 via comments
- "...I know that election of judges introduces some potential reluctance to judge 'without fear or favour'. However, our system of appointing judges for life, has made them extremely arrogant and unaccountable. I suggest we should elect all our judges and hold them accountable for their actions and their behaviour." - what now via comments
- Its about time somebody got up these self righteous and pompous untouchables,and made them see that their job is to bring down judgements that reflect the communities attitudes and not their misguided interpretations of the law as they might perceive the law, I congratulate Campbell on doing the job ,that a vast majority of Queenslanders elected him to do;Bravo Campbell Newman.
- "...In this country, judges announce their decision and give their reasons in open court, and one can be confident that the author of the reasons is, in fact, the judge who put them forward. The Queensland Premier is not subject to the same demands of openness. He had best tread very carefully indeed." - shaime via comments
- "I agree with Newman it's about time the judiciary came down off the high horse and dealt with perpetrators of crime properly in line with public expectations." - trump via comments
- The judiciary are separate from parliament for a good reason. Newman has no right to have a swipe at them. This has nothing to do with paedophiles. I think that in Australia, sentences are generally too lenient across the board, but it is up to the govt to change the legislation and the judiciary to enforce and interpret the law.