Sofronoff thanked for bikie and sex offender laws advice

QUEENSLAND'S chief law man has thanked outgoing Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff for his advice to create "revolutionary" laws to rid the state of crime gangs.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told Queensland Parliament on Wednesday that architect of Queensland's new anti-bikie laws and sex offender laws had been an asset to the people of Queensland.

"In that role he developed an unquestionable reputation as one of the state's, if not Australia's, most formidable advocates," he said.

"For the past two years, Mr Sofronoff has provided significant advice to the government on a wide range of important matters, in particular legal and strategic advice in relation to dealing with criminal gangs and advice in relation to sexual offenders.

"I just thank completely the Solicitor-General for the advice he has given in respect of those law, because those laws are revolutionary in Australia.

"Not one other jurisdiction has it.

"The government appreciates Mr Sofronoff's service to the state and I extend my personal thanks to him and wish him well for the future."

No reasons have been given for the resignation.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said, outside the legislative chamber, that she was concerned about the "sudden" decision.

"With the current Attorney-General we are stuck with, we can not afford to lose some of our best and brightest minds in this state,'' she said.

"The Solicitor-General is highly regarded. He is respected, not just within government, but in the wider legal community.

"It seems highly unusual that he's suddenly resigned."

Ms Palaszczuk asked Mr Bleijie during Question Time to explain his resignation Mr Bleijie said the Treasurer would have no problem giving the Opposition 40c to make a phone to Mr Sofronoff to ask him personally.

"Walter Sofronoff is one of the most eminent barristers in Australia," he said.

"The reasons for the Solicitor-General's resignation are completely a matter for the Solicitor-General.

"I suggest if the Opposition Leader wants to know why the Solicitor-General resigned then she should ask him.

Mr Sofronoff was admitted to the bar in 1987, took silk in 1988 and has served as Solicitor-General in Queensland since 2005.

He has been Queensland Bar Association president, Queensland Anti-discrimination Tribunal president and a member of the Royal Australia Navy legal panel, among many other positions.

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