Newman blasts media hypocrisy over court appeals

PREMER Campbell Newman has hit out at media hypocrisy, saying his government will not stop appealing judiciary decisions it considers "inappropriate" and out of step with community expectations.

Supreme Court Justice Philip McMurdo told a supreme and federal courts judges conference that there had been an "increasing trend" of governments "disparaging" the courts.

He made mention on the number of appeals attorneys-general had lodged, saying the "demands" for heavier sentences, ongoing detention and refusing bail were "not based on evidence".

Mr Newman told media today: "Well News Corp keeps telling us and the media keeps saying every night when some paedophile gets out of prison, the media scream for governments to do something and yet we keep hearing about the independence of the judiciary, he said.

"Well it's the right and proper thing to do for governments to protect the community. I'm sure these folk here agree, they would all agree that government should appeal inappropriate decisions in the courts and that is formal proper due legal process.
 

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