Campbell Newman
Campbell Newman

Threat of 'all out war' has premier in retreat

THE proposed amalgamation of the Warwick and Toowoomba police districts is in turmoil, with reports Premier Campbell Newman will no longer throw his support behind the planned move.

Opposition Police spokesman Bill Byrne said Mr Newman had backed away from supporting "legislation to sack police".

"The proposal by the deputy premier (Jeff Seeney) to change the legislation to facilitate mandatory redundancies in the police service should never have been floated in the first place because it has the potential to undermine the integrity of the QPS," Mr Byrne said.

"But I understand that after threats from the Queensland Police Union today of an 'all out war' if this measure was to proceed, the premier has back-flipped on last week's plan and ruled out changing the legislation.

"This now leaves the entire restructure in limbo, with the QPS effectively showing no confidence in the new police commissioner and the premier running a government that has to be forced to back away from bad ideas."

Mr Byrne has called on Police Minister Jack Dempsey to clarify whether the plans will go ahead.



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