Brett Wortman

Labor promises crackdown on organised crime

CRIMINALS who participate in money laundering, internet fraud, distribution of serious drugs or child sex offences as part of organised crime could face life imprisonment under a Labor government.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a law and order policy while in Gladstone yesterday morning, saying the policy would concentrate on all organised crime, not just outlaw motorcycle gangs.

A Labor government would establish a $6 million commission of inquiry to review current laws.

Ms Palaszczuk also announced an extra $20 million over four years for tackling organised crime, including tackling the drug ice. She said a new offence of 'serious organised crime' would be created, attracting a maximum penalty of life in jail.

Another $5 million has also been promised for capital equipment for police and Labor has promised to keep the LNP's commitment of an extra 300 police officers.

Ms Palaszczuk said the commission would act like a Royal Commission where witnesses would be compelled to give evidence.

She also said it would be independent of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

"I actually thought about that quite seriously and as I've said Labor will advertise immediately for a new independent head for the anti-corruption watchdog in this state," she said. "But we want to get to the real source of the problem here."

While she was questioned about how this move was similar to making a plan to make a plan, Ms Palaszczuk confirmed there would be changes to the current laws.

"They will be changed because we are broadening the scope. No longer is it just about outlaw motorcycle gangs."

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