Queensland corruption fighter not moved by Seeney

A MEETING with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has failed to change corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald's views on the Queensland government.

Mr Fitzgerald has warned that the "damage to the courts and the independence of the judiciary will be irreversible" after Tim Carmody's appointment as Chief Justice.

Mr Carmody was sworn into the role on Tuesday in a private ceremony.

Mr Fitzgerald met with Mr Seeney on Monday, following an invitation from the deputy premier last week.

The man who led the inquiry that blew the lid on the corruption that flourished under the Bjelke-Petersen government had publicly expressed his concerns with the current government, ranging from its changes to the corruption watchdog to the alteration to electoral and political donation laws, its fights with the judiciary to the selection of Judge Carmody.

The government's selection of Judge Carmody divided a legal community already smarting over disputes regarding separation of powers and broken confidences between members of the judiciary and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

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