Qld has delayed its plan to rid the construction industry of people with links to criminal bikies, pending the outcome of a union corruption probe.
The Queensland government has delayed a controversial plan to rid the building industry of people with links to criminal bikie gangs.
New laws that could have forced every tradie to undergo a police background check were due to come into force in two weeks.
But Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has told The Courier-Mail the government will now wait for any possible findings from the royal commission into union corruption before launching its new anti-criminal gang licensing program.
The royal commission must report by December 31.
Under the new Queensland laws, hundreds of plumbers, builders and electricians had been given until July 1 to cut any ties they may have had with outlaw bikies or face deregistration.
Mr Bleijie says it’s sensible to wait for the royal commission’s findings.
“Since the legislation was passed, there have been more allegations across Australia about building and construction trade unions links to organised crime and there is now a royal commission investigating possible corruption by those unions,” he told the paper.
“Our reforms have already made huge headway against the gangs and reduced crime but there may be further issues that need to be addressed when the royal commissions report is handed down, so its prudent to wait.”
The Electrical Trades Union, which had threatened High Court action over the laws, called the move a back down.
“Basically, someone could be targeted because they know someone, who knows someone,” ETU state assistant secretary Keith McKenzie told the paper.
“A member might be singled out because they went on a charity ride with their dad or grandfather. They might be deemed to be an associate of a bikie under the legislation.”