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MP: Call me a Stalinist, but we will beat these thugs

Sean Choat: "Call me draconian. Call me a Stalinist. I will support these laws every day of the week because they are supporting the needs of the community."
Sean Choat: "Call me draconian. Call me a Stalinist. I will support these laws every day of the week because they are supporting the needs of the community." Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH West MP Sean Choat says he is happy to wear the tag of "a Stalinist" if it means bikies are put back in their box.

Mr Choat was responding to Cr Paul Tully who said in the QT this week that "Stalin would be smiling in his grave" about new laws brought in by the Newman government that can see bikies given an extra 25 years in solitary confinement for minor offences.

Cr Tully's argument was that bikies that commit crimes should not be subject to a different set of laws to the rest of offenders.

But Mr Choat said the government was "sending a strong message".

"Call me draconian. Call me a Stalinist. I will support these laws every day of the week because they are supporting the needs of the community," he said.

"There are some wonderful organisations of people that ride bikes. They do toy runs and are decent people. But these laws deal with criminal gangs. They are pushing drugs, standing over people, extorting... and we don't want them.

"The bikies are packing up and leaving and that is very good. If they stay, we'll catch them and they won't like what they cop. He (Cr Tully) can use all the rhetoric he wants, but I want to see results."

Mr Choat said he was also in favour of tougher laws brought in for what he termed "criminal perverts" and said he would not listen to Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller who said he should stop telling the judiciary how to do their jobs.

"We had to cop both Dennis Ferguson and Robert John Fardon being dumped by the Labor government in Ipswich," he said

"Ferguson was dumped over at West Ipswich in Tiger St and Fardon over at North Ipswich in Lowry St.

"What we have done in the past week is see to it that those sort of criminal perverts will no longer have the opportunity to be foisted on a community like ours.

"Ms Miller can talk about the separation of powers and all of this nonsense and claptrap as much as she wants, but my people want to make sure they don't wake up one day and have a vicious sex predator turfed out of prison and put in a neighbouring house.

"I hold judges in respect, but there comes a time when we have to say that enough is enough. The courts are not keeping these people behind bars. The judiciary needs to listen to the will of the people and stop handing out these ridiculously soft sentences."

Topics:  bikie crackdown, jo-ann miller, paul tully, sean choat




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