Instead Ms Palaszczuk said she would refer the
Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill and Criminal
Organisations Disruption Bill to a parliamentary committee
should Labor be elected next year.
Labor MPs voted for the laws when they were
introduced last year but voiced concerns that they had not been
Yesterday Ms Palaszczuk maintained her attacks
on the lack of consultation, calling Premier Campbell Newman
“arrogant” and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie a “know-it-all”.
“The fundamental way we can get these laws
working is to refer them to a committee and let Queenslanders
have a say,” she said.
“Rather than attacking the lawyers in this
state how about we ask their advice?”
Mr Newman has vowed he will not turn to
“custard” on anti-bikie laws despite plummeting popularity.
After a Galaxy poll revealed the Government
was now at risk of losing up to 30 seats, he insisted the
results from the new bikie regime showed they were delivering
“We are delivering on our election promise to
make this state a safer place by introducing stronger laws and
putting more police on the beat,’’ he said.
“We will not blink. We will not go to
The poll showed the Liberal National Party’s
primary support had slipped four points since November and its
two-party-preferred lead had slipped to 53 per cent against
Labor’s 47 per cent.
However, far from shying away from the debate,
Mr Bleijie insisted he was happy to continue promoting the
positive results of the laws on every occasion possible.