NO ONE has been charged under
Queensland’s new consorting laws, despite more than 100 warnings
being issued since March.
The laws are designed to prevent
association with two or more convicted criminals.
The state’s corruption watchdog
has launched two investigations into the attempted infiltration of
bikie gangs in Queensland.
Despite no charges being laid,
Detective Superintendent Mark Niland has backed the new laws which
came into effect in March, saying six to 12 months was needed for
them “to play out”.
Supt Niland said that the number
of patched bikies in Queensland had fallen from 1158 in October 2013
to 695, but they remained a serious threat. Four members of the
feared Comancheros gang live on the Gold Coast.
Supt Niland said police were
working to stop the Comancheros – one of the gangs involved in the
infamous Milperra Massacre bikie shoot-out in the 1980s – from
establishing a Queensland chapter.
Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander
said bikie gangs were operating increasingly brazenly under the new
But Police Minister Mark Ryan
denied the legislation had let bikies return and said Queensland’s
laws were the toughest in the nation.