Police minister rejects survey damning bikie laws
POLICE Minister Jack Dempsey has vowed to maintain the rage against outlaw motorcycle gangs despite a survey showing most people in regional Queensland don't believe the government's anti-bikie laws are needed.
Mr Dempsey accused the Rebels of conducting a major spin campaign during the period of the online APN Australian Regional Media survey to try to align themselves with ordinary, law-abiding groups.
The policeman of 20 years experience said he believed most Queenslanders supported his government's tough stance on criminal gangs and realised that claims they were responsible for less than 1% of crime were nonsense.
Mr Dempsey said the Rebels alone were behind major drug dealing, extortion, and money laundering operations with national and international links.
He said research by the Australian Crime Commission had revealed they operated businesses worth tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.
"These groups are linked to murders, money laundering, armed robberies and violence,'' he said.
"These people are dangerous... They don't belong on our streets.
"The government has a responsibility to the people of Queensland.
"We are not going to sit on our hands.''
Mr Dempsey said that statistically gangs did not dominate crime figures, but people should not be naive about their reach.
"They are multinational drug groups,'' he said.
Mr Dempsey said his counterparts in other states would love to have the laws Queensland had introduced.
He admitted there had been some "collateral damage'' in the early days as ordinary biker groups had been caught up in police operations.
But he said the government was working with these groups to reduce the impact.
Mr Dempsey rejected suggestions that the laws would be used to target other groups, such as unions or those opposing the government.
"That's the spin these criminal gangs have put on things to associate them with good, hard-working Queenslanders,'' he said.
What should happen to the bikie laws if Queenslanders don't want them?
This poll ended on 16 November 2014.
They should be removed entirely
The public should be consulted on what should happen instead
They need to be changed to be more specific
They need to be harsher
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.