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New Palaszczuk Government legislation to keep the “foot on bikies”

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Police Minister Mark Ryan today visited the Gold Coast to discuss the Palaszczuk Government’s tough new Serious and Organised Crime legislation with Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Queensland Police Service (QPS) South Eastern Police Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd.

“The Palaszczuk Government is addressing crime head on with the introduction of our tough new package of laws,” Minister Ryan said.

“Our Serious and Organised Crime legislation gives police more powers, not less. That is why it has the support of police.

“Unlike the VLAD laws, these new laws mean no bikie colours in public, anywhere in Queensland.

“Unlike the VLAD laws, our serious organised crime legislation allows police go after anyone involved in organised crime, regardless of whether they belong to a gang or not.

“Existing clubhouses won’t just remain closed – they will be systematically dismantled. If any group attempts to open any premises involved in organised crime police now have the powers to dismantle them before they can open.”

Mayor Tate said he was confident of Minister Ryan and the QPS’ determination to tackle crime using this new suite of laws.

“It’s clear to me the Minister took my concerns very seriously and outlined what he and the police command are doing in this space on the Gold Coast to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike,” Mayor Tate said.

“From our discussions I’m more confident of the Minister’s and the city’s top officers desire to keep the foot on the bikies’ throats.”

Assistant Commissioner Codd said the new legislation enabled police to be able to disrupt, dismantle and prevent the expansion of organised crime on the Gold Coast and throughout the State.

“The extension of existing laws will give police the ability to act not only against outlaw motorcycle gangs but also in respect to serious organised crimes like child pornography and boiler room fraud offences,” he said.

“The Gold Coast community can be assured police will use the new comprehensive suite of laws to their full extent and target those serious organised crime groups to stop and prevent their operation.”

Minister Ryan will meet again with Mayor Tate early next year to discuss the ongoing implementation of the legislation, and in March as part of the Gold Coast’s Safer Suburbs quarterly meeting. 

“My message to outlaw motorcycle gangs, or any crime group, is: if you commit a crime, the police will catch you and you will suffer the full force of the law,” Minister Ryan said.

“The Palaszczuk Government does not tolerate organised crime in Queensland and we will work across all agencies to ensure the safety of our communities.”

Since the Palaszczuk Government was elected, 24 new police officers hit the beat on the Gold Coast and this Government has funded the roll out of 300 body worn cameras to frontline police.

This Government has also increased funding of $39.1 million over four years to target serious and organised crime and implement the Government’s response to the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry report.

This comes on top of $5 million in funding to police each year for four years to target organised crime, alcohol-fuelled violence and ice, and $3.2 million to target online child exploitation material via Operation Orion.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/12/6/new-palaszczuk-government-legislation-to-keep-the-foot-on-bikies
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