QLS applauds extra police funding to fight organised crime
5 April 2016
Queensland Law Society has applauded the state government’s $20 million commitment to fight organised crime as part of its proposed reforms of controversial anti-bikie laws.
Society deputy president Christine Smyth said it had always been the QLS position that police need proper funding to effectively fight organised criminal groups, including pedophile rings and money launderers, as well as outlaw bikie gangs.
“The state government’s $37.4 million commitment to boost the fight against serious organised crime across Queensland is something QLS fully supports," Ms Smyth said.
“We also welcome the $20 million commitment to resource police, who are the guardians of the peace in Queensland and should have the best resources and technology available to fight organised crime of all types and bring offenders to justice."
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday announced a further $12.1 million in additional resources would be provided to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecutor offenders and $5.3 million to establish an independent crime statistics body to collect data and monitor organised crime activities.
Ms Smyth said the increased funding to the DPP would result in a greater workload for the courts, as well as place stress on the already cash-strapped Legal Aid Queensland.
“This is an obvious opportunity for the state government to set out clearly what its intentions are to supply greater levels of funding to legal aid," she said.
“Even without the likelihood of more people being charged, the courts are already stretched to breaking point, as is legal aid."
She said the funding of an independent crime statistics body would bring clarity in establishing the extent of the organised crime problem facing Queenslanders.
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