A high profile former judge has written an open letter to the Queensland Government after it pushed through laws allowing children to be kept in police watch houses.

The Palaszczuk Government’s still coming under fire after it pushed through the changes without warning last week.

Former president of the Court of Appeal, Margaret McMurdo has called on politicians to “end the race to the bottom.”

In her letter she writes:

For the sake of our victims, our troubled young people and all Queensland taxpayers, I implore the premier and the leader of the opposition to abandon the madness of the current law and order youth justice action.”

Acting Premier Steven Miles says Youth Justice Minister Di Farmer will seek a meeting with Ms McMurdo this week to discuss her concerns.