WATCH: Bleijie implores government to keep blocking bikies
REPEAL the VLAD laws and the bikies will come back in droves.
That's the warning from Shadow Minister for Police, Fire, Emergency and Corrective Services Jarrod Bleijie.
The Kawana MP was speaking from Twin Waters today, where the State Opposition were holed up for the last two days conferencing and planning their path forward.
He said it was clear the State Government were planning to unravel the controversial VLAD laws and asked the Palaszczuk Government to come clean with its future plan for the laws.
"The only people that this legislation is impacting on are criminal gangs," he said.
"Sex offenders, pedophiles, the worst of the worst in our community targeting our children. That's who the VLAD legislation is going after and that's who it's targeting."
Civil libertarians were highly critical of the polarising legislation when it was introduced in October, 2013.
Many argued the laws were too broad and questions were raised over the haste in which they were established and implemented.
Should VLAD stay or go?
This poll ended on 06 February 2016.
Yes. They're imposing on civil and human rights.
No. We need to make it clear criminal gangs aren't welcome.
There are elements of the law that should change, but overall VLAD is working.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Among the critics, high profile criminal defence lawyer and civil liberties advocate Terry O'Gorman, who was highly critical of both the initial laws and ensuing tweaks to the legislation.
"Mandatory sentencing causes injustice but mandatory sentencing of this scope causes very serious miscarriages of justice," Mr O'Gorman said in a statement back in July, 2014.
Mr Bleijie said it was clear, two years down the track, that the concerns of civil libertarians had been unfounded.
"Certainly at the time there were civil libertarians saying this is the end of the world as we know it... it hasn't had any of those impacts that those people thought it would," he said.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers was not able to provide comment as he is a current member of the taskforce currently reviewing the laws.
However he told the Daily in February last year that the laws were working and the results on the Gold Coast were perfect examples.
Mr Leavers has previously said any weakening of the legislation would lead to criminal bikie gangs swarming back into Queensland.
"Police have now been encouraged and supported to attack criminal organisations," Mr Leavers said last February.