In a shocking development, Queensland’s outlaw bikie gangs are officially back in business under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, it was confirmed today.
Official answers from Police Minister Mark Ryan to Liberal National Party questions on notice have this morning have revealed:
- Of 67 bikies currently charged and awaiting trial, 57 have been released back into the community on bail.
- Police believe there are still 700 patched Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Members in Queensland.
- The number of Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (bikies) ‘consorting’ warnings issued by police has surged from 230 in 2016-17 to 570 in 2017-18.
- Despite these consorting warnings, unbelievably just one person has been successfully prosecuted of habitually consorting since March 2017.
“The numbers don’t lie - bikie gangs are officially back in business under Annastacia Palaszczuk,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.
“The LNP drove criminal gangs into the ground but they have picked themselves up under this soft Labor Government.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is kidding Queenslanders when she says she is tough on bikies.
“Labor gives the bikies a slap on the wrist and then sends them back out into the community.”
Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts said Labor’s watered-down laws had allowed bikies to rebuild their criminal networks.
“Bikie gangs have little to fear from the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Watts said.
“They can freely meet and if they get a consorting warning from the police there’s almost no chance of being prosecuted.
“If a bikie is charged with a crime the odds are they’ll be back on streets in no time.
“Under the LNP, accused bikies were kept on remand and communities kept safe.”