The Newman Government has outlaw bikie gangs in its sights, with a new dob-in-a-bikie scheme and promises of support for the CMC.
The Newman Government has outlaw bikie gangs in its sights, with a new dob-in-a-bikie scheme and promises of support for the CMC. NSW POLICE

Bleijie vows to beef up CMC to tackle bikie gangs

THE State Government has promised the Crime and Misconduct Commission that it would get anything it needed to combat criminal motorcycle gangs.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was responding to criticism from Nicklin independent Peter Wellington that while the CMC had all the powers it needed to take on the gangs it lacked the finances to do so.

Mr Bleijie said an upcoming restructure of the CMC would re-focus it into Queensland's top crime-fighting body.

"In conjunction with Queensland and Federal police, it will play a crucial role in stamping out criminal gangs,'' he said.

Speaking earlier in the day Mr Wellington said that rather than pulling out stunts like the Dob in a Bikie campaign which pays $1000 for information that leads to a drug raid and up to $500,000 for information that helps close a bikie club, the Government should be allowing the CMC to do its job.

He said he doubted the scheme's effectiveness, saying few would put themselves or their families at risk.

A spokesperson for Police Minister, Jack Dempsey, said the Government consulted Crime Stoppers and the Queensland Police Service in developing a rewards program to bring down criminal gangs.

Mr Wellington said the CMC had all the necessary powers it needed including phone-tapping, the use of star chamber inquisition and imprisonment to crack the cordon of silence that surrounds outlaw bikie gangs.

"You can have the toughest laws in Australia and if it doesn't have staffing, it's a joke,'' Mr Wellington said.

"I will support racketeering laws if they are introduced by the Government, but let's see financial support as well.

"We need to see a commitment of real dollars, staffing and resources. CMC morale is at rock bottom.''

Mr Wellington wants the Government to rule out a recommendation requiring all CMC complainants to sign statutory declarations.



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