Serious crime laws Pass……..
Labor’s serious and organised crime laws have passed, just after 10pm on Tuesday.
The LNP revealed it would not support the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill, meaning it was up to the cross benchers to get the bill across the line.
Debate continued on the government’s serious and organised crime laws on Tuesday night. Katter’s Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth voted with the government, while independent member for Cairns Rob Pyne abstained from the vote.
Independent member for Cook Billy Gordon supported the government.
The bill passed with 44 votes in support to 41 against.
Parliament moved on to consider amendments to various clauses of the bill
The debate on the bill began on November 10, with the government confirming on Monday it planned to see a conclusion of the debate this week.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said laws targeting all forms of serious and organised crime were an election promise.
“Tonight my government is delivering on that promise to the people of Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“If those opposite aren’t supporting these laws tonight, they are saying that they don’t believe that serious child sex offenders should be targeted as part of serious organised crime in this state.
“They are saying that fraud and boiler rooms should not be targeted.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the government was “highly consultative” on the new laws and had not rushed them through.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls described the Labor government as “soft on crime”.
“They will go to jelly, they do not have the intestinal fortitude to drive the criminal gangs out of Queensland,” he said.
“This is going to be opening the door and rolling out the red carpet (to bikies).”
LNP member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan quipped: “Labor’s not soft on crime, they’re dead set marshmallows.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the KAP MPs hinted they may be willing to do a deal with the government to get the bikie laws through.
“We’re putting the offer out there to either side… If they want to do something for rural Queensland,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter highlighted his disappointment over a committee report on rural debt assistance.
Labor’s laws ride over the Newman government’s VLAD laws.
Changes include increased penalties for child exploitation material, boiler room fraud and drug trafficking.
The amendments also include a new offence of habitually consorting, powers to remove fortification from premises and banning of outlaw motorcycle club colours in public places.
The Palaszczuk government suffered its first major legislative defeat in the hung parliament in August when it failed to pass its tree clearing laws.
After passing the crime laws just after 10pm, the government began debate on its Industrial Relations Bill.
It is the final sitting week for 2016.