News

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




WATCH: Aussie Racing Cars champ rolls six times

Dramatic Aussie Car rollover at Queensland Raceway on Saturday.

Pingel walks away from high-speed crash

Introducing Winter, Diesel, Rusty and Benson

Winter is coming - hopefully to a home with you. But don't worry, I won't bring cold and terror to your lives (like on Game of Thrones). My aim is to bring you love and fun . I am full of beans and ready for adventure .

Phone the RSPCA on 3426 9999 for more details about these animals

Today's community notices billboard

Historical Ipswich home Rockton House. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Toastmaster, Tai Chi, Scouts, the Men's Shed and more

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Recycling your childhood faves

GHOST GIRL: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in a scene from Ghostbusters.

Everything that's old is new again

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles