A lawyer who’s represented bikies has launched a defamation suit against the Queensland premier and his attorney-general seeking $1 million in damages.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman isn’t retracting his swipe at lawyers who represent outlaw bikies, despite a defamation suit being launched against him.
Hannay Lawyers principal Chris Hannay is seeking $500,000 in general damages from both Mr Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
The Gold Coast solicitor wants an extra $100,000 from each defendant for alleged “malice”.
The case, lodged in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, alleges “malice from the defendants by publishing words they knew to be untrue, motivated by a wish to make political capital out of an attack on lawyers”.
Mr Newman didn’t want to discuss the case as “it is before the courts”.
When asked if he regretted the comments, Mr Newman said: “You heard my comment.”
In February, the premier accused lawyers for alleged bikies of being “hired guns” who “make money from people who sell drugs to our teenagers”.
“They are part of the machine, part of the criminal gang machine and they will see, say and do anything to defend their clients, try and get them off and indeed progress their case,” Mr Newman said at the time.
Mr Bleijie later said Mr Newman wasn’t besmirching all defence lawyers, but was responding to a specific matter.
Hannay Lawyers say he was clearly referring to their firm.
The Queensland Bar Association demanded an apology following the comments, which were also slammed by the Queensland Law Society.
Mr Hannay declined to comment on Wednesday.