Former Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson will head the Palaszczuk Government review of VLAD laws as part an extensive crackdown on organised crime.
Former Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson will head the Palaszczuk Government review of VLAD laws as part an extensive crackdown on organised crime. Chris McCormack

Former top judge appointed head of bikie laws review

A FORMER Supreme Court judge will head a Queensland Government review of bikie laws.

On Thursday Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath announced Justice Alan Wilson would lead the review of the Newman Government's controversial Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment legislation.

During his retirement speech, Justice Wilson attacked Chief Justice Tim Carmody's leadership.

The review will work in tandem with the Palaszczuk Government's inquiry into organised crime.

The taskforce will include high-ranking representatives from the Queensland Law Society, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Public Interest Monitor, the Queensland Police Service, the Queensland Police Union, the Queensland Police Commissioned Officers' Union of Employees, and senior public servants.

The announcement came at the same time Justice Carmody extended his sick leave to recover from a back problem.

He was controversially promoted to Chief Justice after he made his support for the bikie laws clear while Chief Magistrate.


During his March speech, Justice Wilson expressed concerns about Justice Carmody's attempt to speak with the next judge to sit on the Court of Disputed Returns when the Ferny Grove electoral results looked set to be turned over to the court.

Labor's Mark Furner won the seat which came under scrutiny when it was revealed the Palmer United Party's Ferny Grove candidate, Mark Taverner, should not have run because he was an undeclared bankrupt.

After seeking legal advice the Electoral Commission of Queensland decided not to lodge a petition with the court.

When Ms D'Ath announced Justice Wilson's would lead the review she described his reputation for fairness and decency.

He was admitted as a barrister in 1988, appointed to the District Court bench in 1998 and the Supreme Court in 2009.

Justice Wilson also became the inaugural head of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal at that time.

"The government is delighted that a legal figure of Justice Wilson's calibre will oversee this crucial review," Ms D'Ath said.

"This is what should have happened in the first place - a thorough analysis of important legislation designed to protect ordinary Queenslanders from organised crime. Instead, the LNP delivered a stunt-driven mishmash of legislation.

"It is the job of this taskforce to examine how to focus these laws so they deliver safe communities across the state by taking crime gangs off the streets."


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