Campbell Newman is full of praise for Jarrod Bleijie.
Campbell Newman is full of praise for Jarrod Bleijie.

Newman says Bleijie has been standout A-G of 20 years

CAMPBELL Newman has scotched suggestions Jarrod Bleijie is in danger of losing his Attorney-General's post in a pending Cabinet reshuffle.

The Premier was quick to pour cold water on the reports, praising the Kawana MP as the best Attorney-General in the past 20 years.

Mr Bleijie has been the focus of ongoing controversy over his management of issues like the tough bikie gang laws, removing the required Opposition support for appointments to the CMC chairman's post and the controversial appointment of the new Chief Justice.

However, at the Community Cabinet in Maroochydore yesterday, Premier Campbell Newman rejected media reports Mr Bleijie's position was in jeopardy.

"No, no, no," he said.

"The only way there'll be a reshuffle is if something like a meteorite drops from the sky or someone gets hit by a bus."

Mr Newman went on to describe the Member for Kawana as the standout AG in the past two decades.

"He is the best ... You are lucky that he is a local representative who has done such a fantastic job," he said.

"Around this state, crime rates are down 15% to 30%; he is the best Attorney-General this state's had in at least 20 years.

"He's tough, sensible and he has done a marvellous job.

"He and the Police Minister have made this a safer place for families and for kids and that's the point I make all the time; we're real lucky to have him in this state."

Attempts to obtain comment from Mr Bleijie about his future as Attorney-General were met with a statement outlining his vision for the future.

"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," the statement said.

"Combined with the great work by police, we have seen dramatic drops in crime over the last six months with robberies down by 21% and break-ins reduced by 23% across the state, compared to the same period last year.

"Here on the Sunshine Coast we've seen an even bigger reduction, with robberies down 54% and unlawful entries down by 17%."

Mr Bleijie wasn't the only one praised by the Premier.

During his opening address at the Community Cabinet, the Premier also sang the praises of the Member for Caloundra and Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle.

"This man is recognised as the best energy minister in the nation," he said.


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