Qld wants to keep crime funds

QUEENSLAND will not let the Federal Government take a slice of the unexplained wealth pie.

The State Government, which is on the verge of introducing new laws surrounding unexplained wealth into parliament, says the move would rob the states of the power to confiscate funds raised through crime.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he could categorically rule out the option, suggested in a letter from the Federal Government.

"This is another big brother attempt by the Commonwealth to try and come in over the top of the states and territories and take a slice of the pie," he said.

"States and territories are best placed to deal with unexplained wealth provisions.

"We'll have strong unexplained wealth laws to go after the Mr Bigs of the world.

"We're in the Cabinet process now and we'll be introducing those laws before the end of the year.

"We'll also introduce drug trafficking laws to go after the major drug syndicates in Queensland.

"The hip-pockets of Queenslanders have already been targeted by the Federal Government through its carbon and mining taxes - enough is enough."

Mr Bleijie will renew his push against centralising unexplained wealth at a Standing Council of Law and Justice, including Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and other Attorneys-General, on Friday.



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