Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Majority Say Bikie Laws Aren't Needed; Survey a Slap in the Face to Harsh Approach

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Majority Say Bikie Laws Aren't Needed; Survey a Slap in the Face to Harsh Approach

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Byline: Ron Goodman

THE State Government has failed to convince most Queenslanders of the threat posed by outlaw motorcycle gangs, according to an exclusive survey.

Of more than 1700 respondents to the online APN Australian Regional Media survey, 60% believed stronger laws were needed to combat serious crime.

But only a quarter believed the state's new anti-bikie laws were necessary, and 58% strongly disagreed with them.

About 16% of respondents strongly agreed that bikie gangs were a major threat to the community and another 13% agreed.

Forty-two per cent strongly disagreed with that idea, while 53% disagreed or strongly disagreed that motorcycle gangs were behind major drug and crime operations.

In a slap in the face for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, just 15% of respondents strongly agreed with his approach to law and order issues and a further 9% agreed.

By comparison, 54% of respondents strongly disagreed with his approach and another 13% disagreed with it. …

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