Gold Coast a different place due to bikie laws
THE anti-bikie laws are working and the Gold Coast "is a different place today", Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers believes.
Mr Leavers said the glitter strip was a safer place since the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws came in and police felt like they were supported in the bikie crackdown.
Responding to comments on ABC radio about Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's changing her mind on the laws and asked whether they were working, Mr Leavers said: "Absolutely".
"I know around Broadbeach families are coming back, restaurants are feeling more confident, the business, small business people, there feeling a lot more confident and things are improving," he said.
"With the bikies, we know they're into criminal organisations and the supply of drugs and many other things.
"We just want the legislation to be able to put them before the courts if they're committing crimes."
Police Minister Jack Dempsey agreed families on the Gold Coast felt safer since the introduction of new laws and initiatives that enabled police to better protect the community.
He said he was infinitely proud of the hard work police officers did to make Queensland the safest state in the country.
"The government is committed to ensuring Queensland is the safest place to live and raise a family and we are delivering new laws and resources to fulfil that pledge," he said.
Labor MPs voted for the laws when they were introduced last year but voiced concerns that they had not been properly scrutinised.
The contentious laws have since become the subject of protests after they were claimed to have victimised innocent motorbike riders and business owners.
The Queensland Opposition has now committed to repealing the legislation if it is elected next year.
Ms Palaszczuk has said the anti-crime gang laws were not workable, especially if they were impacting on innocent Queenslanders.
Mr Dempsey said the change was about political opportunism.