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GC mayor slams Labor MP over bikie talk

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Ed Jackson

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says Queensland MP Mark Furner should be called the state's "minister for the bikies".

Mr Furner, who is chairing a parliamentary committee examning Queensland's anti-bikie legislation, used a report to parliament to accuse Gold Coast councillor Paul Taylor of discouraging witnesses from giving evidence at a committee hearing last month.

"In the lead up to the hearing several Gold Coast witnesses decided to withdraw their attendance from such hearing," the report says.

"Government members remain cynical on whether Cr Taylor had any role in these witnesses (sic) decision to not attend."

Cr Tate has defended Cr Taylor, saying Mr Furner had no right to disparage his council colleague.

"If you want to play politics and call my fellow councillor a liar, the reflection is on that person," Cr Tate said.

"He's (Furner) in three different unions, a failed senator, a backbencher. What gives him the right to call my council colleague Paul Taylor misleading?

"I put it to you when this committee was appointed, he was the last person in the room so he got the gig."

Cr Tate said Mr Furner's complaints about Mr Taylor influencing witnesses from not attending the public hearing on October 4 were unfounded.

He added he had no issue with the minority Labor government's review of the anti-bikie VLAD laws but would only support adjustments which would toughen the laws and make it easier to prosecute outlaw motorcycle gang members.

Cr Tate said the residents of the Gold Coast will take a keen interest in the committee's recommendations on the laws.

"If it's been watered down, they're going to get smashed in the polls. They're going to get absolutely obliterated," he said.

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