“We’re going after gang leaders hitting them where it hurts” – Justice Minister

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Mar 28, 2023 |

The Government has passed new legislation aimed at cracking down on organised crime and preventing gangs and their leaders from profiting from criminal activities.

Minister of Justice Kiri Allan said since the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 came into effect police have been highly successful in freezing criminal assets, at times restraining nearly four times the global average annually.

“The passing of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Amendment Bill in Parliament today will see this Act strengthened even further.”

Allan said “under the new provisions, if it’s shown that an associate of an organised criminal group couldn’t have funded their assets legitimately, they will be required to prove to the court how they came to possess them, or face having them frozen.”

“We’re going after gang leaders and the facilitators of organised crime and hitting them where it hurts – their pockets – by taking their properties, cars, bikes and bling,” Allan said.

“We’re focusing on effective solutions, not empty slogans and policies. We’re building upon what we know works and are continuing to back police in their effective work in seizing criminal assets.”

Allan said “the proposed amendments are estimated to return an additional $25 million annually into the Proceeds of Crime Fund.

The fund is used to invest in programmes that target organised criminal activity, and address crime-related harm, including the drivers of crime.”

“We’ll continue to focus on steering the most vulnerable people – teenagers and young people – away from a life with gangs. We know that early intervention, rehabilitation, and reintegration is the best way of reducing the harm caused by gangs,” Kiri Allan said.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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