The LNP has pledged to smash organised crime and illegal guns on winning government.
LNP Leader Campbell Newman said the LNP’s ‘Safer Streets Crime Action Plan’ would smash the growing problems of illegal guns and organised crime to make Queensland communities safer.
Mr Newman said the tired 20-year Labor government had failed to tackle organised crime and gun crime in Queensland.
“Queensland and particularly the Gold Coast has become a haven for outlaw bikie gangs and criminal groups and gun crime is out of control,” Mr Newman said.
“Last year, the number of armed robberies on the Gold Coast and in Coomera soared giving the region the dubious distinction of being Queensland’s armed robbery capital.
“The LNP will target crime profits. We will tackle organised crime groups and criminals and their ill-gotten gains by toughen ‘unexplained wealth’ laws to give police greater powers to combat organised crime.
“Police and the Crime and Misconduct Commission will be able to apply for orders requiring crime criminals and crime groups to explain how they acquired their wealth – if they can’t, that wealth will be confiscated.”
Mr Newman said the LNP will base the five police officer ‘illegal firearms squad’ on the Gold Coast.
“Police have slammed Labor’s decision to base an illegal gun unit in Brisbane, instead of where it’s needed most – on the Gold Coast.
“The LNP is also committed to getting 1300 more police on the front line of the fight crime.
This commitment for more front line police is part of our plan keep families and communities safe and revitalising front line services, which also will:
- Drug Traffickers to serve at least 80 per cent of their sentence before being eligible for parole and any property gained in the last six years will be confiscated,
- Crackdown on graffiti crime and its offenders,
- An additional $2 million a year to Local Councils to help clean up graffiti
- Boost community crime fighting with an additional $1 million a year to revitalise Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers, and
- Increased penalties for murder.
“But none of this can happen without a change in government.
“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” Mr Newman said.