ALA says new Qld unexplained wealth laws will not hinder criminals

2nd May 2013

The Australian Lawyers Alliance says Queensland’s Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, is mistaken if he thinks introducing unexplained wealth laws will make any difference to criminal activity.

“He should come to WA,” Australian Lawyers Alliance WA President, Tom Percy QC, said.

“Here we have forfeiture of fully explained and legitimately acquired assets such as inheritances and real estate,” Mr Percy said.

“We’ve had them for over a decade and, on top of this, we have laws that penalise totally innocent third parties.

"We have asset substitution laws that Henry VIII would have been ashamed of. And we still have an organised crime and drug problem that is out of control.”

Mr Percy said Mr Bleijie must be dreaming if he thought Queensland’s new unexplained wealth laws were going to make a difference to organised crime.

Tags: Queensland Criminal justice