Holmes is a safe choice for state’s top post
ATTORNEY-General Yvette D’Ath’s pick as Queensland’s new chief justice is obvious and unremarkable but, above all, astute.
A Supreme Court judge since 2000, Catherine Holmes, 58, has frequently earned praise from her peers and has legal credentials that are beyond reproach.
For the Palaszczuk Government, Justice Holmes is a safe choice. The absence of controversy generated from her ascension will starkly contrast with the firestorm the former Newman government created by plucking her predecessor Tim Carmody (below) from the magistrates arena.
While D’Ath insisted yesterday “everyone was considered”, Labor steered clear of appointing anyone seen as a spear carrier for the antiCarmody cause. Such a move would have opened Labor and Carmody’s successor up to accusations of payback. That has been avoided.
Despite suggestions she’s a “cleanskin”, Holmes, who swore in Carmody at a ceremony where no morning tea and no non-family photos were allowed, would never have been picked by the conservatives.
Holmes sued former Nationals premier Rob Borbidge in 1997 for defamation after he sacked her from the Community Corrections Board. She pocketed $5000 but also earned a “Never To Be Appointed” stamp from the LNP.
Months later Labor won power and Holmes was awarded silk. It seems timing can be everything.