MP cops blast from Bleijie on bikie laws
QUEENSLAND Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie hit back yesterday against growing criticism of his government's VLAD laws, as one of the state's top police officers claimed the state was "at a crossroads" in the battle against bikies.
The LNP Member for Kawana focused most of his attention on fellow Coast MP Peter Wellington, who yesterday called for a "show of community outrage" against the laws.
Mr Bleijie said the former policeman should know the types of people members of criminal gangs were and the crimes they committed.
Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing told the media Queensland faced serious problems if it did not act to dismantle criminal organisations.
"We are really at the crossroads in Queensland," he said. "We are fortunate not to have the extent of the problems we have in some southern states, but if we do nothing now that's where we'll end up."
Mr Bleijie said the new laws were designed to crack down on violent offenders and criminals.
"Law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear, which has been proven so far with more than 430 criminal gang members and associates having been arrested in Queensland on more than 900 charges, including extortion, drugs, affray (rioting) and firearms offences," he said.
"The hypocrisy of Mr Wellington is breathtaking.
"If the laws are so abhorrent, as he claims, then the obvious question, why did he support them in Parliament, all three bills in fact?"