Labor bikie laws to extend to other organised crime

ANTI-bikie laws would be extended to fraudsters, child porn rings and other organised criminals under proposed changes.

But the LNP says bikies will welcome the changes and come flooding back to Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Queensland Parliament on Tuesday the new laws would cover a range of organised crime rather than concentrating just on bikies.

The proposal would also introduce new offences for people who administer child porn websites, people who encourage others to use child porn websites, and people who give advice on how to avoid detection when accessing child porn websites.

The government's proposed laws would see maximum sentences for drug trafficking increased from 20 to 25 years jail; and for child exploitation offences increase from 14 to 20 years jail.

Queensland Police commissioner Ian Stewart said the police had worked with the government to create the "toughest in the country".

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said bikies would welcome the changes.

"The LNP ran the bikies out of Queensland. Labor is bringing them back," he said.

He said the LNP's laws had resulted in successful convictions against sex offenders and drug dealers.

But Ms Palaszczuk said the LNP's laws had resulted in no convictions against the bikies they targeted.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the laws meant police could target groups apart from just bikies.

"The new regime will provide a wide range of tools to tackle organised crime, providing police with the powers they need to target organised crime in Queensland," she said.

The Serious and Organised Crime Bill will include mandatory cumulative sentencing and a post-conviction control order that would be able to stop convicted fraudsters starting certain businesses or drug traffickers meeting with associates.

But shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said the government's laws were a rehashing of 2010 Labor government laws.

Mr Walker said an independent review of those laws found they had been ineffective.

The laws will be introduced to parliament at the next sitting week before they are sent to a parliamentary committee for consultation. - ARM NEWSDESK

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