State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has accused the Palaszczuk Labor Government of being frozen at the wheel, questioning why they have gone quiet on their review of the LNP’s criminal gang legislation.
Despite a 10 per cent reduction in crime in the first year of the LNP-introduced laws, Queensland’s Attorney General Yvette D’Ath has admitted that Labor will either replace or repeal the legislation.
Mr McEachan said he could not fathom why Labor would go soft on criminals.
“Redland residents are continually asking me why Labor would consider scrapping the criminal gang legislation.
“It has come down to Labor simply getting rid of anything the previous government did, regardless of cost to the community.
“Labor’s Premier Palaszczuk is more interested in protecting her own job than protecting Queenslanders.
“The LNP listened to Queenslanders and had the courage to stand up to criminal gangs and say enough is enough.
“Labor can’t even let the public know how they plan to tackle criminal gangs and manage crime.”
On 15 August, 2015 Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told 612 ABC Steve Austin’s program:
“I have been on the public record as saying I think that they were a good thing,” he said.
“We’ve had amazing success over the last few years; those laws have certainly had an impact.”
Labor’s Royal Commission into the legislation is costing Queensland taxpayers $6 million.
[ENDS] 10 March 2016