Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. Tom Huntley

Poll: Half of state not confident AG is doing excellent job

ALMOST half the Queenslanders polled on Tuesday night did not believe Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was "doing an excellent job making sure we have the best and fairest system in the country".

The Together Union, which commissioned the Reachtel survey, says the survey result showed a collapse in support for the LNP Government.

Just under a quarter, 24.1%, of the 2129 voters agreed with the statement about the Attorney-General while 43.7% disagreed and the remainder were undecided.

Mr Bleijie has come under fire from the legal fraternity amid claims confidential conversations had been leaked and his appointment of Tim Carmody to Chief Justice.

Some of the LNP legislative changes - such as the bikie laws and child sex offender laws - have also been controversial

Together Secretary Alex Scott said the poll showed the government was "clearly out of touch".

"They continually tell the community that they are listening, they continually tell the community that they are responsive but time and time again they are ignoring the wishes of community," he said.

"We need to be making sure that the community has confidence in its judiciary and the only way that the community will continue to have confidence in our judges is if they are not appointed by politicians who are using our appointment processes to make political points and for game playing.

"This week's poll clearly indicates the government can direct its ministers what to say but can't direct the community what to think."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Premier Campbell Newman should sack the Attorney-General for "botching" the Chief Justice appointment process.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie responded with statistics about what he described as "dramatic drops" in crime over the past six months.

He said, combined with great police work, his government had seen robberies reduce 21% and break-ins drop 23% across the state compared to the same period last year.

"I will continue work to make Queensland the safest place to raise a family," he said.

"We promised Queenslanders that we would rebalance the scales of justice and we now have the strongest laws in the country targeting sex offenders, murderers, drug traffickers and criminal gangs."


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