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Diminished border security adds to bikie threat: Abbott

Updated June 05, 2012 06:08:46

The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says a lack of scrutiny of international air cargo is making it harder to crack down on criminal gangs.

Queensland Police have applied to the Supreme Court to have the Gold Coast chapter of the Finks motorcycle gang declared a criminal organisation.

The Queensland Government says it is part of a wider campaign to stamp out bikie-related violence in the city.

Mr Abbott's comments come as police investigate the firing of shots at two Brisbane premises overnight.

There are two tightly-packed circles of about six bullet holes across the front of the Bandidos club house at Woolloongabba.

Two front windows have a similar circle of bullet holes and the windows upstairs are broken.

Local resident Tyrome Foster says he heard shots at about 4:00am (AEST).

"The bikies have been pretty good around here," Mr Foster said.

"I've never really been into gun shots before so I didn't really know what they sounded like."

A tattoo parlour was also shot at in Park Road at Milton at around the same time.

Mr Abbott says the states should do what they can to target criminal gangs, but the Federal Government's border protection policies are part of the problem.

"They have cut $60 million from border screening," Mr Abbott said.

"Under the Howard government more than 60 per cent of arriving air cargo was screened - it's now under 10 per cent.

"Is it any wonder that hand guns are getting into our country?"

The Supreme Court is expected to hand downs its decision in Brisbane this week.

Police have set up a taskforce to investigate the overnight incidents and a possible link with a car fire at Mt Coot-tha, also in Brisbane.


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