Peter Wellington thinks we should be tougher on
footballer players caught up in drug scandals. What do you think?
MEMBER for Nicklin Peter
Wellington has hit out at the treatment of Gold Coast Titans footballers
caught up in drug supply allegations saying it's 'preferential
treatment' compared to those charged under VLAD laws.
In a no punch held statement
posted on Facebook Mr Wellington questioned the difference between 'high
profile drug dealing football stars and a motor bike rider charged under
the VLAD laws.'
"Under the previous Government's
VLAD laws, a motor bike rider suspected of using or associating with
someone using drugs, can be thrown in gaol without recourse to bail, put
in solitary confinement and made to wear a pink jump suit.
"If convicted he gets double the
penalty of anyone else and can expect to languish in gaol for 20 years,"
"But, when a high profile drug
dealing footballer is caught by the police, he is not charged under the
VLAD laws, does not have to go straight to gaol or wear a pink jump suit
and he can apply for and be granted bail."
"Prior to the election, the Labor
Party said it would overturn the VLAD laws and the Premier has already
started to form the Task Force to look into the laws.
Mr Wellington said a moratorium
was needed on some of the extreme parts of the VLAD laws until the Task
Force reports back to the Government, something that had been flagged
for December 2015.
"I have already written to the
Police Minister Joanne Miller about the VLAD laws and tomorrow I will
write to her again and to the Attorney General Yvette D'ath,
highlighting the apparent preferential treatment the police have
provided to the footballers involved in the allegation of use of drugs
compared to the treatment of some motor bike riders," he said.
"Regarding my earlier letter to
the Police Minister I asked that until the outcome of the government's
investigation of VLAD laws, local police be barred from arresting anyone
under the definition of associate or participant without prior approval
of a Superintendent of Police or higher ranking officer."
Mr Wellington called on the public to share his
view. So far overnight it had been more than 600 times.