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VLSB "spies" on Prosecution Brief from FBI to AFP? 1 month 1 week ago #4036

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Denise thinks, at the 22 minute mark, that the Americans will file proceedings, and at 54 minutes she says she thinks Royal Commissioner Hayne sees a cartel 'acting as one'. Isn't a cartel a racketeering enterprise?
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They did find child exploitation rackets and boiler rooms. Someone should talk to Tina Stagliano and her co workers that it all came true!

Qld organised crime inquiry: Investment fraud flourishing while police focus on bikies
Posted Fri 30 Oct 2015, 6:42pm
Updated Fri 30 Oct 2015, 7:01pm
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The head of the commission of inquiry into organised crime in Queensland says child exploitation and other forms of crime have been flourishing in the state because police were focussing too much on outlaw bikies. The inquiry found that bikies commit a tiny proportion of total crime and it recommended resources be shifted to other areas.
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TIM PALMER: The head of the commission of inquiry into organised crime in Queensland says child exploitation and other forms of crime have been flourishing in the state because police were focussing too much on outlaw bikies.

The inquiry found that bikies commit a tiny proportion of total crime and it recommended resources be shifted to other areas, among them investment fraud, which the inquiry says has become endemic in Queensland and is victimising people across Australia.

MARK SOLOMONS: As soon as she won office in the Queensland state election in January, Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched an inquiry into organised crime in the state.

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK: It will be able to compel witnesses to give evidence about their involvement in organised crime and reveal their knowledge of organised crime. The commission will also be able to compel people to reveal the names of other organised crime figures known to them and the extent of the involvement in organised crime of those people.

MARK SOLOMONS: It came amid a public backlash against the previous Newman LNP government's tough anti-bikie laws. The results are in and they are unequivocal.

Here's commissioner Michael Byrne QC answering reporters' questions today.

REPORTER: The focus by the Newman government on outlaw motorcycle gangs came at the expense of what other organised crime?

MICHAEL BYRNE: To answer that simply - all forms of other organised crime.

MARK SOLOMONS: The inquiry found child exploitation offences in particular have been going unchecked.

MICHAEL BYRNE: From what we observed and what we were told it is endemic in Queensland.

MARK SOLOMONS: The Premier says the results are shocking and promises an immediate response.

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK: Obviously there is not enough resources targeted at this area so my immediate response would be to talk to the police commissioner to sound him out.

MARK SOLOMONS: The inquiry also made findings and recommendations in relation to white collar crime.

Commissioner Byrne again.

MICHAEL BYRNE: Queensland, it was discovered, was the epicentre of boiler rooms, boiler rooms being organised groups who sell financial products or services which are essentially fraudulent to persons around Australia.

MARK SOLOMONS: In the face of this threat, the inquiry discovered the Queensland Police Service had just five detectives in its fraud squad. By contrast it found there were 200 detectives assigned to tackling bikie related crime, which represented just half of 1 per cent of all crime in the previous 21 months.

The inquiry recommends a rebalancing of resources and the setting up of a special task force to investigate investment fraud.

It's vindication for private investigator Ken Gamble who gave evidence to the commission about his attempts over many years to get the Queensland Fraud Squad to take boiler room crime seriously.

KEN GAMBLE: I always described it as an epidemic of fraud and this has been supported by police officers and other people that have been involved in these investigations. Other senior management within the QPS have disagreed.

MARK SOLOMONS: Fraud victim Jacqueline Schneider also welcomed the recommendation for a special task force.

JACQUELINE SCHNEIDER: Well I applaud that and that shows that it's been insightful, and that they have actually looked at this particular kind of cyber crime.

MARK SOLOMONS: Queensland's Opposition LNP today defended their position on bikie crime. This is how shadow attorney-general Ian Walker responded to the inquiry's findings.

IAN WALKER: Well we make no apology for our focus on criminal gangs. As you know, that derived from a circumstance down on the Gold Coast where bikies were attacking the police station. You either stand up to that or you let it go ahead.

MARK SOLOMONS: The QPS says it's carefully considering the inquiry's findings but provides no other comment and declines to provide anyone for interview.

The Premier says all the findings will go to a government task force examining the state's bikie laws. That's due to report at the end of March.

TIM PALMER: Mark Solomons reporting.

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