Premier wants law to go gangbusters
THE Queensland Premier wants her new anti-gang laws spread nationwide.
But the Opposition thinks the laws the government is scrapping have spread across the country.
The Labor Government's new laws to combat organised crime were introduced into parliament on Monday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk started parliament by calling on other jurisdictions to follow her government's lead.
"Organised crime syndicates don't care which state they're committing their crimes in - which is why I will work with other state Premiers and the Prime Minister to see some legislative uniformity across the country," she said.
"I want to see organised crime gangs driven out of Queensland, but I don't want to see them pop up in another state. I want to see organised crime gangs driven out of the country altogether."
Ms Palaszczuk pointed to similarities between existing NSW laws and those her government is proposing. She said she will call for national action when the Council of Australian Governments next meets.
But Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the former LNP government's anti-bikie laws had been adopted by South Australia.
In Question Time on Monday Mr Nicholls asked Ms Palaszczuk why she was repealing laws a fellow Labor-run state had adopted.
"Why is the Premier winding back laws that are already working in Queensland and South Australia?" he asked.
In a follow-up question Mr Nicholls asked why the government was scrapping laws all mainland states and the Federal government supported in the High Court.
"Because they didn't work," Labor members interjected.
Mr Palaszczuk said Labor's laws would protect Queensland from gangs other than just bikies.
"Mr Speaker we are doing the right thing by Queenslanders by tackling all forms of serious organised crime. I have answered this question at length.
"Mr Speaker I want more convictions, not less."
Mr Nicholls yelled out that would mean "more crime, not less".
The laws will be examined by a parliamentary committee before they are voted on.