Letters to the editor

STILL A LONG WAY HOME: Editor Derek Barry snapped this image near Morven on a big drive from Brisbane to Mount Isa on the weekend.
STILL A LONG WAY HOME: Editor Derek Barry snapped this image near Morven on a big drive from Brisbane to Mount Isa on the weekend.

Labor is weak on organised crime

Explosive media reports about the re-establishment and expansion of criminal motorcycle gangs show that under Annastacia Palaszczuk the bikies are back in business.

Labor’s weakened response has clearly opened the door and rolled out the red carpet to organised crime, putting Queenslanders’ safety at risk.

A turf war between two gangs has also erupted and the tow truck industry is being infiltrated.

The LNP makes no apologies for cracking down on organised crime, whether it be criminal motorcycle gangs, paedophile rings or underworld crime gangs.

Who could forget the shocking images that were broadcast across the nation of bikies brawling on the streets endangering the lives of everyday people?

Under the former LNP government, we saw the results – with crime reduced and criminal gangs fleeing the state.

Under Labor’s new laws, strong penalties were watered down, important police powers were scrapped, clubhouses can re-open and bikies are peddling drugs to our kids once again.

The explosive media report this week even featured quotes from bikies, brazenly snubbing their nose at Labor’s weak new laws.

The reports were so startling, they even contained quotes from gang members claiming how they were flouting Labor’s softer laws and that they were harder for police to catch because they couldn’t wear patches.

While the LNP focused on what criminal gangs did, Labor is only focused on what they wear.

Labor’s softer laws are putting community safety at risk again, just like after their failed 2009 laws.

The LNP will provide safe and liveable communities and stand up to organised crime gangs to keep Queenslanders safe.

Tim Mander

LNP Shadow Police Minister

Consider becoming a foster carer

Foster and kinship carers are some of our hardest-working and most generous Queenslanders.

I meet regularly with carers across Queensland and I have heard their concerns.

That's why we've invested $15 million to give carers the power to get children immunised and to cover out-of-pocket expenses for kids in care to go to kindy.

We've also delivered new training sessions for carers on wide-ranging topics, including specialist domestic violence training for carers where children have experienced family violence.

Extra training supports carers as their job is getting harder and they look after children with complex needs. But we have also delivered intensive staff training to make sure foster carers are a valued partner and member of each child's care team.

I want to ensure carers have the financial and professional support they need, they get the respite care they deserve and we remove any barriers that stand in the way of them making decisions in the best interests of the children they care for.

Although we have a record number of foster carers in Queensland, I am determined to better support the wonderful carers we have and encourage more Queenslanders to open their hearts and their homes to our most vulnerable kids.

That's why we launched a $2.6 million recruitment campaign to encourage more people to take on this rewarding role.

If you are interested call Foster Care Queensland on 1300 550 877.

Shannon Fentiman

Minister for Child Safety

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