Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Inga Williams

Labor calls for public comment on anti-bikie laws

AN inquiry into organised crime, which will scrutinise the LNP's tough anti-bikie laws, is calling for submissions.

Labor has claimed the problem with the former Newman Government laws was that they focused too much on bikie gangs instead of a wider scope organised crime fighting strategy.

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Commissioner Michael Byrne will look at the impact of organised crime on society - including illicit drug markets, on-line child sex offending and financial crimes - as part of the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry.

"The commission has been asked to examine the scope of organised crime in Queensland and make recommendations as to how law enforcement and government agencies can best tackle such criminal activity", he said.

"The commission's final report will identify current and emerging organised crime threats in a range of criminal activity."

The inquiry also will investigate activities that enable organised crime such as money laundering, cybercrime, corruption and violence.

Mr Byrne urged anyone with relevant information to come forward and contribute to the inquiry.

He also encouraged any member of the public affected by organised crime in Queensland to provide information.

"The inquiry is of an inquisitorial nature and will not investigate crimes, but will draw on contributions from individuals as well as information provided by law enforcement, intelligence and prosecution agencies," he said.

The commission expects to hold public hearings in the coming months and is due to report to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk by October 30 this year.

For more information on the inquiry, or to contribute information, visit www.organisedcrimeinquiry.qld.gov.au

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