Labor’s secret report into organised crime has been revealed as nothing but a farce as Queensland’s most senior officers smacked down claims child exploitation flourished under the former LNP Government.
Shadow Police Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the Premier and two of her senior ministers had been left red-faced and embarrassed over the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s politically-motivated inquiry without any consultation with victims of crime, police or the public.
“Today we heard the Acting Police Commissioner reject the Premier’s claims police have ignored child exploitation in favour of targeting criminal gangs,” Mr Bleijie said.
“He also revealed the number of police officers assigned to Taskforce Argos rose to 100 during the LNP’s term in government and the taskforce had successfully cracked several paedophile rings globally.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s real intention from this report is to get rid of Queensland’s criminal gang legislation that we all know has been effective in reducing crime rates across the state.
“Labor bolted the door shut on this secret commission of inquiry, stuck a “Do Not Enter” sign on the door, conducted not one public hearing and failed to try or test any of the evidence.
“We now know why the government saved half the inquiry’s original budget and that’s because they only did half the job.”
Mr Bleijie said the Premier and her Police and Education Ministers should immediately apologise to Queensland police for their comments against Taskforce Argos, who worked tirelessly to stamp out child exploitation across Queensland.
“These officers are world-renowned for the incredible work they do each day to target the worst of the worst and keep our children safe.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s attacks on Queensland’s men and women in blue have got to stop.
“On behalf of the LNP Opposition I would like to pay tribute to our hardworking police officers who put their lives on the line each day to keep Queenslanders safe.”