Labor deal with independent MP Peter Wellington
could ease bikie laws
February 10, 201512:00AM
INDEPENDENT kingmaker Peter Wellington’s proposed
Bill of Rights could water down the hardline anti-bikie crackdown.
Labor has promised to consider a possible Bill of Rights
as part of a 22-point agreement which helped win Mr Wellington’s support to
form a minority government.
A Labor government would seek advice from the Department
of Justice and Attorney-General and “allow public discussion’’ on the
matter, according a document signed by leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Mr Wellington has long campaigned against the Newman
Government’s anti-bikie laws, demanding a Bill of Rights to ensure everyone
is equal before the law and has freedom of expression, association and
freedom of peaceful assembly.
Independent member for Nicklin Peter Wellington. Picture: Glenn
The Nicklin MP denied that meant he was soft on criminal
If, as expected, Labor takes power with the support of Mr
Wellington, it will also have to review the bikie laws, hold an inquiry into
political donations and a royal commission into organised crime under the
deal agreed to last week.
It has also promised to change donation laws and
scrutinise the approval processes for the New Acland Mine.
Mr Wellington will also have access to an extra staff
member and a policy adviser at Parliament, be offered key briefings from
public servants and has won some infrastructure fixes for his electorate.
This includes a disability upgrade at Nambour train
station and a review of parking problems at the Nambour Hospital.