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Queensland Shadow Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie

LNP Welcomes Organised Crime Taskforce

Victor P Taffa

The State Opposition welcomed the launch of the Criminal Asset Confiscation Taskforce today, formed to continue the fight against organised crime and the confiscation of wealth and assets obtained through illegal activities.

Shadow Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the AFP-led initiative reinforced the State Opposition’s long battle for ‘unexplained wealth’ laws in Queensland.

“The Liberal National Party (LNP) will continue to push the Government for tougher laws to fight against organised crime groups.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“Organised crime groups are driven by greed. The LNP believes that by taking the profit out of crime, the benefit criminals obtain from exploiting the community would be removed.”

“Dismantling the financial incentive of criminals and organised crime syndicates has long been acknowledged as the best way to tackle the scourge that continues to fester across Queensland and Australia.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“The LNP has a clear plan to tackle organised crime groups and criminals seeking to reap economic gain through illegal and criminal activity.”

“Under the LNP Plan, unexplained wealth laws will equip law enforcement officers with the ability to apply for orders requiring persons to explain how they lawfully came to acquire wealth.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“The Proposed LNP Laws intend to remove the nexus between actual crime and property.”

“The LNP has conducted rigorous public consultation, in stark contrast to Labor’s ill-conceived and unsupported anti-association laws, which on all accounts have never been used, and will never work.” Mr. Bleijie said.

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