THE Liberal National Party has released its policy for tackling the drug Ice.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls unveiled his party's five point plan to get methamphetamine off Queensland's streets today saying his party had a strong track record on the issue.
"The LNP is committed to tackling drug use in communities, including the increasing use of Ice, to help make Queensland the safest place to live, work and raise a family," Mr Nicholls said.
Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said the LNP policy included tougher policies for offenders.
"The LNP already has a solid track record on this issue, through law and order measures such as policing and tougher penalties for offenders, and addiction treatment services that work," Mr Mander said.
The Party's five point plan for tackling ice is:
- Dob in a dealer: $1 million to encourage the community to report any information to Crime Stoppers Queensland.
- Keeping bikie clubhouses closed: only the LNP has the proven record of closing down criminal bikie gang clubhouses through its strong action to tackle criminal gangs.
- Drug addiction services: working with the federal government to deliver more treatment services, particularly in rural and regional Queensland, and targeted support through Queensland Health.
- Law enforcement co-operation: ensuring our state and commonwealth law enforcement agencies share intelligence and resources to tackle ICE supply and distribution across Queensland.
- Increased prevention: through community awareness programs targeting specific high-risk demographics.
However the Queensland ALP was quick to poke fun at policy.
"If the LNP's five point plan was a 'to do' list, then all the boxes would have already been ticked by the Palaszczuk Government," Police Minister Bill Byrne said.
"The Federal Government already funds Dob in a Dealer. Bikie clubhouses are closed. The Palaszczuk and Federal governments already share intelligence and resources to prevent Ice distribution across Queensland.
"The LNP has not put forward any original law enforcement ideas to tackle the spread of Ice.
"This drab mix of cut and paste funding and motherhood statements will not make a lick of difference to families suffering from Ice addictions across Queensland.
"There are already strong links between the Queensland Police Service and its Federal counterparts, both of which will benefit from Labor's additional $16.2 million committed to targeting organised crime and other threats to our community."
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