Anti Criminal Gang Laws

Public Housing in Tasmania

We have a problem with organised crime. It is in every town in Tasmania. Gangs exist both inside and outside the state that are bringing in drugs by the van-load every week into Tasmania. These are drugs that are highly addictive and devastating.

The JLN will for the first time make sure that Tasmania's parliament brings in laws that protect Tasmanians by tackling criminal gangs.

We have a problem with organised crime. It is in every town in Tasmania. Gangs exist both inside and outside the state that are bringing in drugs by the van-load every week into Tasmania. These are drugs that are highly addictive and devastating.

We have much more to fear from criminal gangs than we do from terrorism on home soil. Tolerance and weakness to gangs leads corruption, neglect and moral decay throughout all sectors.

Our way of life needs fighting for. Other states have had the courage to enact anti-gang laws that have had real teeth. By picking the best and fairest protections from interstate and overseas we can get it right.

The JLN will for the first time make sure that Tasmania's parliament brings in laws that protect Tasmanians by tackling criminal gangs.

Many of these reforms will also help the rest of the justice system and give greater force to the public order protections we need for our safety and our way of life. For example, cutting the endless court delays.

The Anti Criminal Gangs laws will be across all areas of the law:

  • New anti-terror level police powers of detection and investigation, including powers to access financial institutions of all kinds
  • Increase investment in cyber surveillance - as the criminals are getting ahead of the curve
  • On the ground- Enable police to break up gangs and banning gang colours and displays
  • Dedicated fast track prosecution processes
  • Adding real teeth to the unexplained wealth act to catch out those who are living the high life from black money
  • Clamp down on international money transfers and pay day lenders
  • Prohibit gang members consorting and introduce new offences for gang recruitment
  • Up penalties for drug trafficking to bring us in line with the rest of the country 
  • Equalise police powers to the same level as for terror suspects and push for constant links with federal authorities.

 

Rehabilitation

The JLN believes it is not just about fighting crime but saving those who have been caught by it. We need to get better systems to intervene.

The JLN supports a roll out of the U-Turn 360 program, a ten-week program designed, to assist kids with getting back on the right track.

The JLN understands there are young people out there that have come from highly disadvantaged backgrounds, disengaged from school and who are falling behind.

U turn courses will see skills added and mentoring, case management or referrals to other support workers, work experience placement post-course and the hope of employment which is the best pathway to a normal healthy lifestyle.

The JLN will also promote “Hard Yakka”, a 2-year trial for troubled kids 12-15 years old. This is a military inspired 3-week boot camp, where participants learn about values, respect and responsibility.

Operation “Hard Yakka” has been trialled in other places around the country with successful outcomes, to bring out the best in troubled youth.

Key goals are individual and team effectiveness, behaviour management, leadership qualities and a range of outdoor activities. Basic life skills are reinvigorated and retaught with time management, team building, trust, self-worth, self-discipline, respect for self and others, listening communication skills with family involved too as much as possible.

The JLN will support PCYC

The PCYC works with young people to assist in developing their skills character, leadership and, to empower every young Australian in reaching their potential giving young people the opportunity to participate in healthy and safe recreational activities

The JLN plans to fully invest the resources that are needed to have all three early intervention programs up and running to turn lives around.