Bikie laws cause controversy in parliament


Outlaw bikie gangs are again causing a stir in Queensland.

The Opposition has attacked the State Government for not doing enough, following reports gangs are out to recruit more members.

Elisabeth Moss reports.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk remains committed to tackling serious crime.

She stands by her government’s recent overhaul of laws, relating to bikie gangs.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “We have taken a very tough stance when it comes to combating all forms of serious, organised crime.”

The Opposition is not convinced.

They say the gangs are once again on the rise.

Tim Nicholls, Opposition Leader: “Premier, have Labor’s soft new laws allowed outlaw bikie gangs to get back in business?”

The Premier disagrees.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “The number of known outlaw motorcycle criminal gang members has decreased under my government, Mr Speaker.”

These consorting laws, which came into effect in March, make it illegal for recognised offenders to associate with other criminals.

To help enforce these laws, the Premier has promised greater resources for police.

Police Minister Mark Ryan says offenders can run, but not hide.

Mark Ryan, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services: “We will continue to take strong action and strong enforcement action.”

Since the introduction of the new laws, 107 consorting warnings have been issued.

Elisabeth Moss, QUT News.