I’m not going to budge on bikie gangs: Newman
PREMIER Campbell Newman says the outcry over tough new laws targeting criminals is not going to make him back down.
"You're saying criminal gang members saying they're unhappy about laws designed to shut criminal gangs down is going to influence the government? It is not," he said while visiting Brightwater State School yesterday.
"These criminal gangs are involved in the production and distribution of drugs here on the Sunshine Coast, we want to protect our community, we want to protect these kids we've seen today," he said.
"In only a few short years they'll be teenagers out on the nightlife circuit, in the pubs and clubs and these criminal gangs, if we don't do something, will be putting drugs in front of them - ice and steroids.
"We don't want that to happen.
"We don't want to live in a lawless society where criminal gangs can riot on a Friday night at a popular restaurant strip."
Mr Newman said Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek saw the riot on the Gold Coast, which prompted the government's action against criminal bikie gangs.
"John-Paul saw the terror and the fear in decent, normal Queenslanders," he said.
"We don't want that happening in Queensland and that's why we're acting."
Mr Newman said it was important to understand criminal bikie gangs were responsible for the production and distribution of drugs, extortion rackets and infiltration of the building industry.
"All the evidence is there about the connections between these people and the pervasive influence they have in our community,'' he said. "They are not cuddly warm outlaws like Ned Kelly, they are really bad people.
"The Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Queensland Police, the Crime and Misconduct Commission will tell you about the extortion, drugs, the standover tactics, they will talk about the way they've infiltrated tattoo parlours, locksmiths, tow truck operators and we're determined to deal with that.''