Newman and Bleijie launch inquiry into organised crime links
POSSIBLE links between organised criminals and more opportunistic crimes like break and enters will be examined in a new inquiry to tour Queensland.
Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the parliamentary inquiry on Sunday.
But the announcement came as recreational motorcycle riders protested in Brisbane against recent Newman Government reforms they said sought to criminalise riders.
Mr Newman said while the government had already completed numerous law reforms and enforcement, the government wanted to know "what else can be done".
He said the inquiry would examine in more detail the link, if any, between organised crime and "other crimes that concern Queenslanders such as break and enters and car thefts".
Mr Bleijie said the inquiry would make sure "regional Queensland is heard", because different areas experienced different crime trends.
"We also want to hear from victims of crime. For too long, the scales of justice have been tipped in favour of the offender and not the victim and we want them to have a voice," he said.
The government is drafting the terms of reference for the inquiry, with a view to starting hearings early next year.