THE arrival of more than 70 bikies into the Gold Coast at the weekend has sparked a political backlash about government administrative delays over anti-bikie laws passed through State Parliament more than six months ago.
The convoy of members from the Finks, Black Uhlans, Highway 61, Lone Wolves and Odins Warriors roared into Surfers Paradise on Saturday night to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang, leaving tourists afraid, despite the strong police presence.
Under the anti-bikie laws passed last November, police have the power to secretly apply to the court to have bikie gangs declared criminal organisations so control orders can then be issued against members.
But the Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor, who must attend closed hearings for applications to ensure police do the right thing, has not yet been appointed, effectively putting use of the legislation in limbo.
In May, the State Government told the Bulletin an appointment was expected within weeks, but when questioned about the delay, Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick issued a written statement saying the appointment of the COPIM was imminent.
No timeframe was provided.
State Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek came out swinging yesterday, saying the government's procrastination was unacceptable.
"There's no excuse for them not having done it. The last thing Gold Coasters want to see is a recurrence of something like the Ballroom Blitz at the Royal Pines," he said.
"These laws aren't being enforced at the moment so they're worthless.
"There's a public perception about safety issues in Surfers Paradise that's exacerbated by these bikie gangs that are clearly associated with illegal activities.