Burleigh remains a no go zone for criminal gangs

14 Nov 2014 4:10 PMMichael Hart

Burleigh remains a no go zone for criminal gangs


Member for Burleigh Michael Hart MP has welcomed the High Court’s decision to uphold Queensland’s strong anti-criminal gang laws.


Mr Hart said the Court’s endorsement of the LNP Government’s strong reforms allowed police to continue to protect innocent Burleigh families and disrupt organised crime across the state.


“This is a big win for my community. The Government made a commitment to Queenslanders that we would make this state the safest place to raise a family and it acted swiftly to stop what is a dangerous, global problem,” Mr Hart said.


“In just one year, the laws have had a big and unprecedented impact on organised crime and crime in general in Queensland.


“In just over 12 months, gang members have been arrested and charged with a raft of offences including murder, extortion and drug trafficking. The laws have also prevented acts of public violence, stopped dangerous drugs from reaching our kids, driven gangs from their clubhouses and lifted the weight of fear from victims who were previously too afraid to complain to police.


“Since October last year, more than 1,500 gang members or associates have been arrested on nearly 4,200 charges and the reported crime rate across Queensland has dropped dramatically.


“However, the job is not done and the Government and police will work together to keep crime gangs from regaining a foothold.


Mr Hart said the High Court found the plaintiff lacked standing to challenge the Government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2103 (commonly known as VLAD). It also found amendments to the Criminal Code and the Liquor Act 1992, which prevent criminal gangs from associating in public or wearing restricted items in licensed premises, were valid.


“The ruling means police continue to have the resources and the tools they need to keep going after criminal gangs and keep families safe.


“Queenslanders now have a clear choice: a Government that implements strong, fair and effective measures to keep them safe and disrupt organised crime, or a Labor Opposition that intends to return Queensland to the bad old days by repealing laws that have now been ratified by Australia’s highest court.”


[ENDS] 14 November 2014



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