Hells Angels' member Terry McCormick and Rebels' member Mick Kosenko view the Palaszczuk government-commissioned anti-bikie laws' review recommendations as a backflip. Emma McBryde
Hells Angels' member Terry McCormick and Rebels' member Mick Kosenko view the Palaszczuk government-commissioned anti-bikie laws' review recommendations as a backflip. Emma McBryde

LETTER: 'Residents shouldn't have to feel unsafe'

ALL QUEENSLANDERS should be extremely concerned about the Palaszczuk Labor Government's plan to soften the LNP's tough criminal gang laws.

Labor's decision to meddle with the nation's toughest criminal gang laws have far reaching consequences, and we know bikies are currently recruiting in anticipation of Labor's soft laws being given the green light.

Under Labor's proposed laws, police will now have to go through a lengthy court process to get permission to shut clubhouses down.

Hopefully one doesn't "spring up" next to where you live or work.

 

But let's face it - Annastacia Palaszczuk only ordered a review into the LNP's laws that were working, to score cheap political points.

By doing so, Ms Palaszczuk proved she is willing to put the safety of Queenslanders well down on the list behind her desire to cling to power.

Labor, under Anna Bligh, also talked tough on bikies, but went soft in practice, so we can't trust the current Palaszczuk Labor Government with this serious responsibility.

The LNP's tough laws prevented gang crime in the first place, our laws drove criminal gangs out of Queensland and we saw a massive drop in crime rates across the state as a result.

But under Ms Palaszczuk' proposal - it's only a matter of time before bikies are running riot on our streets and brazenly declaring they are running things once again.

It's a fundamental rule of any government to ensure the safety of its residents.

Queenslanders shouldn't have to feel unsafe because this government is soft on crime.

Ian Walker

Shadow Attorney-General


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