Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Crackdown on Bikies Falls Flat; Big Stick Approach Fails to Earn Big Tick

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Crackdown on Bikies Falls Flat; Big Stick Approach Fails to Earn Big Tick

Article excerpt

THE Queensland 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, 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.

Some 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% either 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.

There was strong support for keeping the government and the judiciary separate, with 71% strongly supportive and another 19% agreeing. …

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