Cuts to fight on outlaw bikies
LABOR has quietly slashed the funding to the Crime and Corruption Commission in its fight against outlaw bikie gangs.
The Opposition last night accused the Palaszczuk Government of going soft on bikies and said the loss of up to $ 1.784 million was proof Labor was not serious about addressing organised crime.
In Tuesday’s Budget, the Government committed $ 20 million over four years to a broad crime fighting package including outlaw motorcycle gangs, alcohol- fuelled violence and the drug ice.
Last night Attorney- General Yvette D’Ath and Police Minister Jo- Ann Miller insisted funding for other anti- bikie initiatives had increased.
They said the overall budget for the CCC had also risen by more than $ 1 million.
“In last year’s Budget, the LNP decided not to provide the QPS any extra funding to tackle ( bikie gangs) beyond 2014- 15,” Mrs Miller said.
“That’s why in this Budget, we have committed an extra $ 20 million to the QPS over four years to tackle outlaw motorcycle gangs as part of our combating organised crime, alcohol- fuelled violence and ice funding package.”
reveal there has been a decrease in grant funding to the Crime and Corruption Commission for outlaw motorcycle criminal gangs in the 2015- 16 year.
Opposition justice spokesman Ian Walker said reducing the CCC’s bikie funding was proof the Government was not committed to the crackdown.
Mr Walker said the LNP’s last Budget had committed a further $ 1.145 million to the CCC this financial year to tackle bikies, followed by an extra $ 639,000 in 2016- 17. He accused the ALP of redirecting that $ 1.784 million elsewhere.
“That can only mean that the fight against organised crime is weakened and weakened significantly,” he said.
Mr Walker said it was also proof the Government was pre- empting the outcome of its review of the LNP’s bikie laws.
About $ 247,000 has been allocated to funding the review of the anti- bikie legislation, introduced by the Newman Government.
The taskforce is due to hand down its report in December.
Ms Miller said the Government was also spending more on the Gold Coast rapid action patrol group, which also targets bikie gangs.
A spokesman for Ms D’Ath said the crime commission’s budget had increased overall by $ 1.569 million.
CHANGED PRIORITIES: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spruiks the Budget during a visit to a Brisbane school yesterday, flanked by Treasurer Curtis Pitt.