Bikies could turn us into the 'streets of Colombia'

IPSWICH West MP Sean Choat feared the streets of Ipswich could become like South America if bikie gangs were allowed to continue unchecked.

Countries like Colombia are battling to rid themselves of murderous drug cartels with residents living in fear of their criminal behaviour.

Mr Choat and his Ipswich MP colleague Ian Berry outlined their concerns about the rise in bikie gang crime in the last sitting of parliament.

But Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said concerns about bikies were not at the forefront of Ipswich residents' minds.

Mr Choat raised his concerns about what Queensland faced if the bikie gangs were allowed to conduct their criminal activities.

"Some have labelled these laws extreme. I say that if the situation is not dealt with swiftly and with severity it will become extreme," he told parliament.

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"We have seen what happens when criminal gangs grow unchecked. Could we see the Gold Coast or, indeed, any of our communities subjected to the bloody mayhem of the gang territories of South America?"

Mr Choat said the new laws gave the community the benefit of added protection.

"The objectives of the bill are to protect our community and to combat the threat which criminal gangs pose to public safety and wellbeing."

Mr Berry also told parliament during the debate the laws reflected the problem Queensland was facing.

"The reality of life is that we know that there is a problem. For the purposes of the record, let us understand exactly where we are right at this moment," he said.

"For the past five or six years our newspapers and our internet sites have been littered with stories of incidents involving not only criminal organisations but also organisations operating under the guise of bikie gangs."

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said Ipswich residents had more pressing concerns in their day-to-day lives than bikies.

"There are many more important issues in Ipswich then the LNP bikie laws," she said.

"Many people are more concerned about the cost of living rises, and very concerned about the electricity assets being sold off and the privatisation of housing commission homes and more sacking of public servants."

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