A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will implement a targeted, comprehensive plan, which complements the National Ice Action Plan, to tackle this issue and take ice off our streets.
Ice use in regional and remote communities has increased alarmingly in recent years.
The demand for illicit drugs and the potential profits from supplying them has made Queensland an attractive market for criminal gangs.
The LNP has a solid record of tackling drug use in Queensland, through law and order, measures such as policing and stronger penalties for offenders, and addiction treatment services that work. In government, the LNP:
- Recruited an additional 1100 new police for over four years
- Implemented strong criminal law reforms, including:
- Introduced new drug trafficking declarations aimed at stripping convicted drug traffickers of their assets
- Introduced a new offence of trafficking substances used to manufacture dangerous drugs
- Passed new laws requiring drug traffickers to serve a mandatory minimum 80% of their sentence
- Ensured laws kept pace with developments in the manufacture and supply of dangerous drugs, and
- Increased the maximum penalty for supplying a dangerous drug to a child under 16 years.
- Tackled criminal gangs head on through Taskforce Maxima, extra resources for the Crime and Corruption Commission and the LNP’s tough-on-crime criminal gang laws.
- Provided $3.4 million for a Queensland Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative and $5.5 million targeted at helping at-risk population groups including young rural and remote Queenslanders.
The LNP’s action resulted in dramatically reduced crime rates across Queensland.
Our Real Plan
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will implement a comprehensive, five-point action plan to take ice off our streets through crime prevention, drug addiction services and strong enforcement:
1. Dob in a Dealer
$1 million to encourage the community to report information to Crime Stoppers Queensland.
2. Keeping Bikie Clubhouses Closed
Only the LNP has the proven track record of closing down criminal bikie gang clubhouses.
3. Drug Addiction Services
Working with the Federal Government to deliver additional treatment services, particularly for rural and remote Queensland communities and ensuring targeted support through Queensland Health initiatives.
4. Law Enforcement Co-Operation
Ensuring our state and commonwealth law enforcement agencies work together and tackle ice supply and distribution across Queensland.
5. Increased Prevention
Through community awareness programs targeting high-risk Queenslanders.
There is widespread evidence of the escalation of this issue and the need for a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. Rather than endless reviews and more discussion like we have seen from Annastacia Palaszczuk, strong action is needed now.