Currumbin Law & Order Forum Tackles Tough Issues

6 Nov 2015 11:49 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP today hosted Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker to discuss law and order issues with local community leaders.

Ms Stuckey said the ongoing concerns of the Currumbin electorate community and letters from key stakeholders highlighted in the recent electorate-wide survey, which rated law and order as top priority, prompted the forum.

“Given the strong response to my recent survey and the concern raised by many with Labor’s intention to repeal or weaken the LNP’s tough anti-criminal gang laws, I invited Ian Walker to meet with a number of community leaders so he could hear their issues first-hand,” Ms Stuckey said.

“As a former lawyer, Ian possesses an enormous depth of experience and understanding of Queensland laws and legislation.

“Issues raised with the Shadow Attorney General included concerns about the proposed changes to licensed premises trading hours and liquor laws, anti-social behaviour, event crowd management and combating organised crime.

“Of immediate concern is Labor’s intention to water down or completely abolish the LNP’s laws, a move that will welcome bikie gangs back onto the Gold Coast.”

Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker said the Palaszczuk Labor Government was rolling out the red carpet for bikies, putting the safety of Queenslanders at risk.

“It is clear Labor’s review into the VLAD laws is a complete farce given the first line in the Terms of Reference provides direction for the laws to be scrapped,” he said.

“We know these laws are working and since they were adopted, there was a dramatic reduction in criminal gang activity on the Gold Coast and around Queensland.

“While Labor continues to be soft on crime, the LNP introduced the strongest and most effective laws in the country for dealing with criminal gangs.

“Queenslanders did not vote for a government that put its safety at risk and allowed criminal gangs to take back control of the streets.”

Ms Stuckey said she stood alongside the Currumbin community in their belief that any winding back of these laws would be to the detriment of all law abiding citizens and lead to a resurgence in extortion, stand-over tactics and drug related crimes.

“The Premier’s response to the recent inquiry into organised crime and subsequent criticism of our dedicated police officers reveals Labor’s true agenda is to score cheap political points rather than reduce crime in our neighbourhoods,” she said.

“This vindictive attitude is to the detriment of the safety and wellbeing of all Queenslanders.”

The LNP will continue to listen and consult with our local communities to ensure they are protected by laws that keep them safe and give our police the powers they need to do so.

[ENDS] 6 November 2015