Labor ignores Gold Coast plea to keep tough laws

17 Dec 2015 8:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

A community campaign to retain the LNP’s strong criminal gang laws on the Gold Coast has been met with disappointment, after the Palaszczuk Labor Government reaffirmed its plan to scrap them.

Acting Opposition Leader and Member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek said it was extremely frustrating that Labor had ignored overwhelming community support for the laws, including a petition with more than 800 signatures.


“The Gold Coast community united in a campaign to urge the Palaszczuk Labor Government to keep the hugely successful VLAD Laws, but sadly it appears Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government aren’t interested in listening,” Mr Langbroek said.


“Residents have already started to notice a resurgence in crime and increased presence of bikies on the Gold Coast and have been raising these concerns with local members.   


“This is all because Palaszczuk Government remains hell-bent on removing legislation that was enacted by the LNP, and with no plan of its own, has effectively rolled out the red carpet for criminal gangs. Unfortunately it appears there’s nothing the people of the Gold Coast can do about it.


“Without these laws, the Gold Coast is going to be dragged back into the bad old days where robberies, brawls and shootings were the norm and criminal gangs ruled our streets.


“Labor’s short sightedness is holding the Gold Coast back.”


Deputy President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce and principal petitioner for the campaign Laura Younger said the removal of the criminal gang laws would have dire impacts on the city.


“Especially in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, we need to ensure that locals, visitors, and businesses are not only safe but also feel safe in our community,” Ms Younger said.


“It is extremely worrying that the Government has dismissed the Community’s pleas to retain the laws.


“The Chamber will continue to lobby for a tough stance on criminal gangs whilst their review takes place.”


Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker was said when in government the LNP introduced the strongest and most effective laws in the country for dealing with criminal gangs.


“Since the laws were enacted we have seen a dramatic reduction in criminal gang activity on the Gold Coast and across Queensland,” he said.


“Queenslanders deserve to feel safe, regardless of where they live and Labor is letting them down.


“Only the LNP has a plan ensure to keep Queenslanders safe and unleash our great state’s full potential.”

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