Police Minister Jack Dempsey has dismissed criticism from a federal colleague about Queensland’s anti-bikie laws, saying they won’t be repealed.
Queensland’s police minister says the state will push on with controversial anti-bikie laws, despite a call from within his own party to have them scrapped.
Federal MP George Christensen has asked state Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to repeal the laws.
The Liberal National Party MP for Dawson, in Queensland’s north, says the tough laws have “gone too far” and are damaging the party’s brand.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey says his federal colleague is entitled to his opinion, but it won’t curb the Queensland government’s resolve.
“We will not step away from the sheer fact that we have arrested over 650 criminal gang members on over 1450 charges,” Mr Dempsey told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.
“Out of those 1450 charges, not one person is a recreational rider.
“These are, for want of a better word, the vermin that prey on the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Mr Christensen wrote a letter to Mr Bleijie about the laws on February 13, which has been leaked to News Corp Australia.
“I cannot sit idly by and let my party, the Liberal National Party, take Queensland down this path to buy safety by curtailing our liberty,” it read.
The new laws, which make it illegal for bikies or their associates to gather and punishes members with longer jail sentences, have sparked protests from opponents who say they impinge on civil liberties.