- Labor’s plans to repeal VLAD laws will put public and police safety at risk.
- VLAD laws keep crime down, get bikies off our streets and make our communities safer.
- Premier Palaszczuk needs to show leadership and retain VLAD laws.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should take her crime fighting advice from Queensland’s leading crime fighting agency – the Queensland Police Service.
Shadow Minister for Police, Jarrod Bleijie, said Queensland Police have real concerns that by repealing the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws, Labor are effectively asking them to fight organised crime with both arms handcuffed behind their back.
“We shouldn’t be putting police and the community in harm’s way by watering down these laws,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Today’s comments from highly-respected officer Superintendent Jim Keogh warning of the return of a bikie turf war on the Gold Coast shouldn’t be brushed aside.
“These are laws that give police the tools they need to do their jobs and keep the community safe.”
Mr Bleijie said that as he has travelled around the state, it is abundantly clear that Queenslanders want the laws to stay in place because the laws are working.
“Crime is down, gangs have fled the state and people feel safer in their communities,” he said.
“Instead of keeping Queenslanders safe, this Palaszczuk Labor Government is frozen at the wheel.
“The Police have the legislative tools to do their job and Taskforce Maxima are to be commended for the fantastic results that they have achieved in disbanding criminal gangs and getting drugs and illegal guns off our streets.
“The Premier needs to show some leadership and reject any changes to the laws that Queenslanders support.”
Key quotes: (from QPS submission to Labor’s Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation)
- “The QPS maintains the view that repealing the (VLAD) legislation will have negative consequences for the Queensland community. This will impact community confidence and perceptions about personal safety.
- “Repealing the legislation is likely to see criminal organisations once again moving freely and conducting criminal activities in a public way, including the recommencement of public displays of violence … facilitated through the use of fortified club houses. The consequence of reduced enforcement … is likely to be an erosion of the current high levels of community perceptions that Queensland is a safe place to live, conduct business, visit and potentially negatively impact on the financial status of the state through a loss in business and tourism.
- “With other states moving to introduce legislation similar to Queensland, repealing the legislation will potentially see criminal organisations moving back to Queensland.”