Criminal gangs to feel full force of LNP law

16 Oct 2013 9:48 AMJann Stuckey

16 October 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has spoken in strong support of new laws that clearly demonstrate the Newman Government’s commitment to eradicate criminal motorcycle gangs from Queensland.

Queensland Parliament last night passed three key pieces of legislation relating directly to criminal motorcycle gangs including; Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013, Tattoo Parlours Bill 2013 and Criminal Law (Criminal Gangs Disruption) Amendment Bill 2013.

“People have a right to feel safe in their homes and safe in their streets, and as the Government of Queensland we have an obligation to deliver that,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Recent obnoxious behavior by members of criminal motorcycle gangs left the Government with little choice but to take strong, swift and decisive action.

“Thugs who are members of these criminal gangs are going to feel the full force of the law as we show them they do not own the streets and their behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Gang members convicted of certain offences will be declared ‘vicious lawless associates’ and face an extra fifteen years mandatory jail time on top of their sentence.  If the offence involved violence a further ten years will apply.

“In addition members of criminal organisations will be banned from working, operating or working in body art tattoo parlours.

“Aiming to target criminal gangs specifically, three new offences have been created that carry mandatory six month jail terms and a maximum three years in prison. These offences are:

  • Knowingly gathering in groups of three or more in a public place
  • Going to banned locations (e.g. clubhouses)
  • Promoting or recruiting for the organisation

“Penalties for existing offences will be increased including:

  • Mandatory one year in prison for serious assault of a police officer
  • Mandatory six months in prison for affray, with the maximum penalty increased from one year to seven years
  • An $11,000 fine and disqualified license for two years for evading police

“The Crime and Misconduct Commission will receive unprecedented power, and if gang members don’t cooperate they will face mandatory jail time.

“Defying laws and acting with total contempt for our officers and the wider community has become a trademark of these criminals.

“This legislation ensures that will no longer be the case. We will find them, we will punish them and we will put them behind bars.

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Link to the debate, begins page 126
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2013/2013_10_15_DAILY.pdf