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Qld bikie debate flares into the night

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland's minority government faces a final test for the parliamentary sitting year as debate ramps up on its proposed replacement for the state's controversial anti-bikie laws.

With just two sitting days left, and the government needing crossbench support, debate on Labor's Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment bill resumed on Tuesday afternoon in the hung parliament.

Liberal National Party MP Fiona Simpson immediately took aim at the government's "unfair" review process.

"They mandated in their review that the laws that the LNP brought in had to be repealed rather than to look at their effectiveness," Ms Simpson told parliament.

"It was a closed-shop review with a predetermined outcome. What a debacle."

Ms Simpson also claimed bikie gangs partially "owned" the Labor government because they had campaigned for the party at the 2015 election, knowing the repeal process was coming.

But Labor MP Di Farmer insisted the review process contrasted sharply with the lack of consultation involved in the introduction of the LNP's laws under former premier Campbell Newman.

Ms Farmer said her party's plan would make the state safer.

"It removes the elements of the former government's regime that were excessive and poorly targeted," she said

Labor's bill would increase penalties for child sex and fraud offences, and replace a rule about bikies not gathering in groups of three or more with a NSW-style consorting offence.

Ms Farmer said Labor's bill would deal with less visible crime that was not considered "politically sexy", such as boiler-room fraud.

The opposition's Glass House MP Andrew Powell recalled the now-infamous Broadbeach bikie brawl of late 2013 that prompted the Newman government to act.

"The LNP drew a line in the sand and said enough was enough when it came to criminal motorcycle gangs," he said.

Mr Powell claimed the state's international reputation was at risk of being tarnished by news coverage overseas showing the ugly scenes.

He said bikies were the only group to be excited about Labor's bill being passed.

"They see the red carpet being rolled out for them," he said.

Without opposition support, the government's only hope of passing the bill lies in gaining the support of a majority of the crossbenchers.

Independent MP Rob Pyne has already expressed reservations.

Katter's Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth were earlier on Tuesday angered by a rejection of their proposed legislation to address rural debt for struggling farmers.

Parliament will rise after Thursday's sitting.

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