Premier Campbell Newman has given lawyers a serve.
Premier Campbell Newman has given lawyers a serve. Brenda Strong

Newman blasts lawyers for failing legal system

PREMIER Campbell Newman has told the state's legal fraternity to "come out of your ivory towers" and realise the only reason the government introduced a raft of tough new laws because the "system was failing".

The laws set down mandatory sentences for criminal motorcycle gang members and effectively give the government the power to keep certain offenders in jail.

Speaking to Fairfax Radio 4BC on Thursday, Mr Newman made no apologies for the laws introduced and passed in parliament last week.

He said members of the legal industry who had publicly questioned the legislation and queried whether the government was blurring the lines between the judiciary and the executive were out of touch.

Last year 400 people committed offences while out on bail in Queensland, Mr Newman said, adding that Phillip Graeme Abell was out on bail when he killed Gold Coast policeman Damian Leeding.

"We had a very, very terrible thing happen in this country in the last couple of years, where a female journalist, Jill Meagher, was raped and murdered by someone who should never have been let out of jail," Mr Newman said.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au

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