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 on: December 09, 2016, 02:56:27 PM 
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Serious & Organised Crime Amendment Bill 2016


 on: December 07, 2016, 09:41:40 AM 
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New Police minister Mark Ryan vows to bikies ‘we will get you, we will take action’ with tough laws

NEW Minister Mark Ryan has told bikies, “We will get you”, as police move within 48 hours to arrest patched gang members on Gold Coast streets.

After private meetings with senior police and Mayor Tom Tate yesterday, Mr Ryan said: “The clear message to anyone who wants to engage in organised crime activity is — you do it, we will get you, we will take action and we will pull you before the courts”.

In an exclusive interview with the Bulletin, he also promised that:

• Within days any bikie wearing colours on the Glitter Strip will be arrested by police as the first stage of the government’s Serious and Organised Crime laws kick in.

• The second stage of the crime package will see existing empty clubhouses dismantled, starting in March next year.

His door is open and all Police Commissioner Ian Stewart needs to do is ask if he believes the Coast needs more resources like a police station in the northern suburbs.

• The government will “talk up the Coast” unlike the Opposition which did not ask him a single question in his first week in Parliament.

The Gold Coast Bulletin understands both the Government and senior police were embarrassed after the paper published a photograph on Monday of two Black Power members posing with a handgun in a suburban street.

Sources suggested senior police were tracking down the gang members who will be charged if the flouting of colours in a public place can be substantiated.

“If those colours are those of the OMCG, they will commit an offence under the new suite of laws which start within days,” Mr Ryan said.

Asked about the bikie-linked shooting at Carrara last Friday and the community’s fear about rising gang violence, he urged patience as officers were being trained up on the new laws.

Police would not only shut down new clubhouses but dismantle older ones which remained vacant, Mr Ryan said.

“We will have police going into those clubhouses ripping them apart, taking the paraphernalia and the colours,” he said.

“They won’t be reopening. We will be dismantling them.”

Mr Ryan declined to give his position on three key operational issues, saying it was a matter for the Police Commissioner and senior hierarchy in Surfers Paradise.

The Opposition believes a new police station is needed at Ormeau in the city’s fast-growing north, while police on the beat want a dedicated drug squad and for RAP to focus on bikies rather than general crime duties.

“Politicians shouldn’t decide where police resources go,” Mr Ryan said.

“Based on that theory, if the police commissioner wants additional resources, all he has to do is let me know and I will talk to my Cabinet colleagues and we will deliver.”

Mayor Tom Tate, a strong critic of Labor’s new Serious and Organised Crime laws, said the minister had responded by assuring residents and tourists would be safe.

“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,” Cr Tate said.

“On Thursday of this week the anti-association elements of the revised legislation come into force where bikies will not be able to wear their colours or other paraphernalia in a public place.

“Before, it was banned just in licensed premises.”


 on: December 06, 2016, 10:10:30 PM 
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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.


 on: December 02, 2016, 05:26:46 PM 
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CONTROVERSIAL cop Chris Hurley has been found guilty of assaulting a man in a violent roadside arrest.

Senior-Sergeant Hurley, who is suspended from duty, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of assaulting Luke Cole during a traffic intercept at Robina in November 2013. The court heard he plans to retire next year.

Hurley mistakenly believed Mr Cole had yelled an expletive out of a car in which he was a passenger while driving past a crash on Robina Parkway, a hearing in Southport Magistrates Court was told.

Mr Cole alleged an ‘aggressive’ Hurley grabbed him by the throat, slammed his head into the roof of the car, punched him in the face with handcuffs, pointed a taser at him and kicked him as he fled from the scene.

But Hurley denied the allegations and said he feared for his safety when Mr Cole got out of the car with ‘anger and aggression in his face’.

In a reserved decision handed down this morning, magistrate Chris Callaghan found Hurley guilty of two counts of common assault by grabbing Cole by the throat and pointing a taser at him.

But Hurley was found not guilty of kicking and punching Cole.

Hurley was fined $900 with convictions recorded.

Mr Callaghan said police officers had to be “deterred from behaving in this way”.

Hurley will medically retire from the police service next year, the court was told.


 on: December 01, 2016, 09:46:53 AM 
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I fucking hate coppers, and I fucking hate blokes who punch sheilas!
Mate. You fucken hate nearly everyone. Just some more than others.

 on: December 01, 2016, 06:18:58 AM 
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Organised crime laws pass Qld parliament

A suite of proposed laws to replace Queensland's controversial anti-bikie legislation has passed the state's hung parliament.

Labor's Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill passed late on Tuesday night , 44 votes to 41, with support from the two Katter's Australian Party MPs and Independent Billy Gordon.

Cairns MP Rob Pyne abstained from the vote.

The plans will largely replace the Liberal National Party's (LNP) anti-bikie measures that were introduced after the now-infamous Broadbeach gang brawl in late 2013.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the framework struck the correct balance.

"The bill delivers a reform package that is both legally robust and operationally strong," she said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her party's plan would focus on the criminality of individuals rather than the name of their gang.

"Our laws will enable law enforcement officers to target the other forms of organised crime posing a problem in Queensland ... like paedophile rings in this state, like boiler room fraudsters," she said.

"Our laws are tougher, stronger, more robust and better able to be used by our law enforcement officers."

Police Minister Bill Byrne said his party's plans represented "the gold standard in consultation, transparency and intellectual rigour".

But opposition MPs said the government's review process was flawed because it simply questioned how existing laws could be repealed rather than examined their effectiveness.

"It was a closed shop review with a pre-determined outcome," Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said.

"What a debacle."

LNP leader Tim Nicholls defended his party's decision to act "quickly and decisively" after bikies crossed a line.

"The bikies will be back into bat, they will be back at the crease ready to hit out again," he warned.

For the LNP's Tracey Davis, the impact her party's crackdown had on catching drug dealers was pertinent.

"As a mother of a daughter who got caught up in substance abuse, methamphetamines, I will do everything and support any piece of legislation that goes towards getting drugs off our streets," she said.

The government's plan will increase the maximum penalties for child sex and fraud offences and replace the anti-association rule with a NSW-style consorting offence.

It will also make it illegal for club colours to be worn in any public space, rather than only in licensed premises.

The opposition's Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek delivered a warning to Ms Palaszczuk as he opposed the reforms.

"We'll make Labor wear their soft on crime attitude like a crown of thorns all the way to polling day," he said.

The laws previously received endorsement from Police Commissioner Ian Stewart as "the strongest laws that possibly exist in Australia to tackle organised crime".

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 on: December 01, 2016, 06:04:52 AM 
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Police guarded Former Newman government MPs after anti-bikie laws introduced

GOLD Coast MPs had police guarding their offices and were given the private telephone numbers of senior officers amid fears bikies would target them over the tough VLAD laws.

Recalling how the gangs ruled the city, one senior MP said he was at the shops next to the Broadbeach bikie brawl in 2013 and another returned home late at night to discover a murder outside his apartment block.

The MPs’ graphic personal accounts of the impact on bikie violence on the Coast was delivered before Labor replaced the VLAD laws late on Tuesday night with the Serious and Organised Crime Amendment Bill.

Southport MP Rob Molhoek, for the first time, has revealed the fear after the Newman Government responded to a front page Gold Coast Bulletin article in 2013 where bikies claimed “we run this town”.

In a speech to Parliament before Labor gained the numbers for its new much criticised “softer” laws, Mr Molhoek said the LNP’s crackdown on bikies became a “very personal issue for me”.

“We were at a conference at the convention centre. The Premier pulled a few of my Gold Coast colleagues aside and said, “you need to come an unscheduled meeting with the Police Minister”,” Mr Molhoek said.

“I cannot tell members how disturbing it was to be handed the Police Commissioner’s phone number, to be given a briefing on personal risks involved and advised to give those phone numbers to my family and kids just in case triple-0 did not work and they found themselves in a situation where they were targeted.”

Mr Molhoek told fellow MPs about “the four months that we had police officers stationed at my office in Chirn Park for the safety of my staff”.

Outside the Parliament, he told the Bulletin his two adult sons and two teenage sons had to be warned about taking precautions if they visited nightclubs in Surfers Paradise.

“I can tell you it wasn’t a pleasant conversation at home,” Mr Molhoek said. “We had to remove personal signs from our cars. If I spoke at an advertised function in the city, police had to check out the venue.

“It created quite a bit of angst. That’s the side of it people don’t see. That’s why I get angry when I see the flippant comments on the other side of the House. They’ve never had to deal with it.”

Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens recalled his wife Ruth, during the previous Bligh Labor Government, attending her regular Pilates class at the southern end of Broadbeach only to return home at 7pm.

“That night tattoo parlours all around Broadbeach were shot up by bikies,” Mr Stevens said.

“She went to Robina shopping centre the next day, and bang, the bikies were back again. I say to the Police Minister that they did not use rat-shot — they used fair dinkum guns that actually cleaned up somebody.”

Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek, who tabled a copy of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s headline We Run This Town, recalled how the bikie violence before the VLAD laws impacted on everyone and had not been forgotten.

“We remember the terrifying Broadbeach bikie brawl in 2013. In fact, I was there, in the vicinity of the entrance to the Oasis (on Broadbeach),” he said.

“We remember the bikie-related shooting at the Robina Town Centre when an innocent bystander was shot and we remember the ballroom blitz at the Royal Pines Resort.”

Mr Langbroek said Mr Stevens and his wife Ruth returned from a function in Brisbane in 2013 and could not get inside their apartment block.

“Someone had been shot or stabbed to death on the footpath outside. The bikie gang member who committed the crime absconded to America and was brought back and subsequently went to jail,” he said.

“Those are the sorts of issues that we on the Gold Coast face year after year. Until 2013 the bikies knew that they ran out city and they let us know it.”


 on: November 30, 2016, 06:45:08 PM 
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The only deterence would be public flogging - then a lengthy prison term in GENERAL POPULATION...

I fucking hate coppers, and I fucking hate blokes who punch sheilas!

 on: November 30, 2016, 03:11:47 PM 
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Labor accused of rolling out the red carpet for gangs after passing new laws in Parliament overnight

LABOR has been accused of rolling out the red carpet to Gold Coast bikie gangs after new laws were passed overnight.

The Palaszczuk Government secured support for its new organised crime laws after the two Katter Party MPs and Independent MP for Cook Billy Gordon supported the package.

Negotiations between the Government and the MPs continued throughout the night until a vote was called about 10pm.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk later described the Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Amendment Bill as Australia’s toughest and most effective laws to tackle organised crime.

She said a taskforce report had found the LNP’s previous VLAD laws were unable to secure convictions and vulnerable to legal challenge.

“My Government is proud to have delivered a package of organised crime laws that will tackle everything from child exploitation rings to financial fraudster groups and outlaw motorcycle gangs,” the Premier said.

But Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker, who in the past month had spent time talking to Coast community groups who voiced concerns about crime, said the new laws gave criminal gangs the green light to peddle drugs to kids.

“This is the same person (the Premier) that when in Opposition voted in favour of the LNP’s tough anti-bikie laws,” Mr Walker told the Bulletin.

“Bikies were banking on this soft-of-crime government to deliver them an early Christmas present and Annastacia Palaszczuk and her merry bunch have delivered for them.

“Bikie clubhouses will now reopen, bikies will be allowed to carry weapons and bikies will once again be free to run licensed premises.”

The Bulletin in the lead-up to the new laws being passed has reported on extortion rackets involving bikies flaring up along the Glitter Strip.

Coast LNP MPs have been monitoring closed clubhouses in industrial estates and predict gangs would soon reopen them.


 on: November 30, 2016, 08:43:21 AM 
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Queensland reworks anti-bikie laws into 'toughest crime laws in Australia'

The Palaszczuk Government has passed one of its key legislative priorities, overhauling the state's organised crime laws and scrapping many of the former government's controversial bikie measures.
Key points of bill:

    New offences for people who administer child exploitation websites, encourage use of child exploitation websites, or advise on avoiding detection
    Lifts maximum penalty for child exploitation from 14 to 20 years
    Empowers police to seek warrant to gain passwords/information to access electronic information
    Increases maximum sentences for drug trafficking from 20 to 25 years
    Following a police warning, people can be banned from consorting with two other people convicted of serious indictable offences
    New serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation punishable by mandatory imprisonment
    New summary offence prohibiting outlaw motorcycle gang colours in public, expanding beyond current licensed venue ban

State Parliament passed the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill last night with the help of Katter's Australian Party (KAP) MPs.

The new laws still target outlaw motorcycle gang activity but aim to take tougher approach to organised crime across the board.

The bill extends the banning of outlaw motorcycle club members wearing their club colours to all public places, not to just licenced premises, as was dictated under the LNP laws.

They replace existing anti-association provisions with a new consorting offence, making it illegal for a person to consort with two or more convicted offenders after being warned by police not to do so.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new laws would give Queensland the toughest organised crime laws in the country.

"My government is proud to have delivered a package of organised crime laws that will tackle everything from child exploitation rings to financial fraudster groups and outlaw motorcycle gangs," she said.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said there had not been one conviction under the previous Newman government's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws.

"The taskforce report on organised crime legislation found the LNP's laws were unable to secure convictions and remained vulnerable to legal challenge," Mrs D'Ath said.

"Importantly, these laws are subject to judicial oversight and proper processes to ensure its legal standing and sustainability."

The Opposition was critical of the changes, saying the LNP's anti-bikie laws had worked and the changes were a concession to bikies.


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