Bill Byrne brings down the house with attack on Premier
HOW many organised crime and motorcycle gang members have been convicted, Mr Premier? The answer I'm seeing is none.
That was Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne's scathing attack in parliament on Tuesday when he brought down the house with his speech on the link between organised crime and street drug prices.
Mr Byrne claimed the Premier's own strategic monitoring team had reported that drug offences were up by 17.19%
He criticised the LNP's 2013 Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill saying that the incumbent State Government had failed to lay a glove on organised crime associates in Queensland.
He claimed the Premier last week refused to give the parliament an answer regarding street drug prices.
Mr Byrne claimed the Premier said, in relation to the link between organised crime and street drug prices: "I find it somewhat irresponsible that the Honourable Member would be seeking to publish street prices for drugs on the Gold Coast".
The Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research Education Centre regularly publishes data on street drug prices, as does the Australian Crime Commission.
"Like everyone else in this state, Bill Mellor (who oversees the State Government's bikie blitz) has identified that drug prices are a key measure of success in terms of the interdiction of organised crime," Mr Byrne said.
"It is a simple function of supply and demand. Bill Mellor actually asked to further pursue research opportunities and investigate the changing price of illicit drugs on the Gold Coast."
Mr Byrne said the Premier was out of his depth on the issue and had been since the days when he was equating "bikie colours to football jerseys".
Police Minister Jack Dempsey responded yesterday saying police had arrested 1447 criminal gang participants on more than 3800 charges.
"Drug detections have increased as a result of proactive policing and the additional 800 police the LNP has delivered since 2012," Mr Dempsey said.
"The LNP's strong plan means families and businesses in Rockhampton are safer with robberies down 25% and break and enters down 22%."