More Queenslanders backing anti-bikie laws: survey
MORE Queenslanders are getting behind the Newman government''s tough anti-bikie laws, according to a poll released by the State Government.
Minister for Police Jack Dempsey says the survey, commissioned by the Queensland Government's Strategic Monitoring Team, shows growing support for the Government's crackdown on criminal gangs.
"A resounding 89 per cent of people on the Gold Coast and 78 per cent of people across the State want the Government's tough measures against criminal gangs retained,'' Mr Dempsey said in a statement on Monday.
"The percentage of Queenslanders who feel safer in the community has risen from 21.3 per cent to 32.3 per cent since the introduction of these tough new laws."
The report also showed:
• The percentage of Queenslanders indicating strong or very strong support of all measures taken by the Government against criminal gangs rose from 47.7% to 57.1%.
• The percentage of Queenslanders indicating they were confident or very confident in the Queensland Government to effectively manage the threat of criminal gangs rose from 36.9% to 46.5%.
• The percentage of Queenslanders indicating strong or very strong support for criminal gang club houses being declared illegal rose from 47.4% to 58.2%.
• The percentage of Queenslanders providing strong or very strong support for the introduction of laws to prohibit criminal gang members from owning certain types of businesses (such as tattoo parlours, liquor outlets and pawnbrokers) rose from 46.3% to 53%.
• The percentage of Queenslanders providing strong or very strong support for additional law enforcement measures rose from 57.4% to 64.6%.
• The percentage of Queenslanders concerned or very concerned about organised crime by criminal gangs decreased from 37.8% to 31.1%.
The survey was conducted during June 2014 and compares community reaction against a similar survey conducted in December 2013.