Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Angry Dempsey Accuses Rebels of Spin Campaign

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Angry Dempsey Accuses Rebels of Spin Campaign

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Byline: MARK FURLER

POLICE Minister Jack Dempsey has vowed to maintain the rage against outlaw motorcycle gangs despite a survey showing most people in regional Queensland don't believe the government's anti-bikie laws are needed.

Mr Dempsey accused the Rebels of conducting a major spin campaign during the period of the online APN Australian Regional Media survey to try to align themselves with ordinary, law-abiding groups.

The policeman of 20 years experience said he believed most Queenslanders supported his government's tough stance on criminal gangs and realised that claims they were responsible for less than 1% of crime were nonsense.

Mr Dempsey said the Rebels alone were behind major drug dealing, extortion, and money laundering operations with national and international links.

He said research by the Australian Crime Commission had revealed they operated businesses worth tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.

"These groups are linked to murders, money laundering, armed robberies and violence,'' he said. …

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