Former Gold Coast Titans star Karmichael Hunt was
fined $2500 after pleading guilty to four charges of cocaine
possession. Photo: Chris Hyde
While the government seeks to review the LNP's
bikie laws, a Queensland Police Union official has advocated for the
legislation to be expanded to include those recently caught up in
the NRL cocaine scandal.
QPU representative Chris Proudlock used his
monthly roundup in the union's most recent journal to express his
support for the Newman government's VLAD laws, praising the intent,
if not the application.
Labor has committed to reviewing the laws, a move
which the LNP intended to carry out in 2016, before deciding on
It will introduce legislation on Friday which
delay the aspect of the laws, which would have seen tradespeople
lose their licence if they were found to have had an association
with criminal motorcycle gangs and their members, until after the
taskforce has completed its review.
But Mr Proudlock said the recent rugby league drug
arrests showed the laws could go further.
"As I put fat fingers to small keyboard, the saga
surrounding the organised conspiracies alleged against a number of
entwined rugby league players is picking up speed," he said.
"Sounds like a criminal organisation to me ...
apply the VLAD laws if an organisation exists.
"Interrupt these unfeeling criminals who have no
regard for the long term damage done to an individual who is foolish
enough to take these drugs.
"They let their victims, their families, and their
friends suffer the consequences ... why should these criminals care
when they live life high on the hog, basking in the artificially
perpetuated glory of the rugby league world?
"I for one am hoping for a fall from grace for all
those involved: a fall that rivals or exceeds that of Lance
Armstrong, whose drug cheating has lost him more than just
Police have pushed for the laws to stay as they
are and late last year the public attitude towards them also began
to shift, which saw Labor change its policy from repeal and replace
The taskforce will review all aspects of the
anti-association laws, from their impact to their effectiveness and