Peter Wellington
Peter Wellington

Wellington says Qld police leaders 'puppets' on bikie laws

INDEPENDENT MP and professional thorn in the Attorney-General's side, Peter Wellington, says he no longer "trusts" Queensland Police Service leadership.

In a late Tuesday night tirade against the government's amendments to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, the so-called "Facebook party legislation", Mr Wellington said he was no longer prepared to trust either the government or a police leadership team standing "in front of cameras saying 'yes, we support the government 100 per cent'."

Mr Wellington, who is considered to lean to the left side of politics, has never had a strong relationship with the government, but it deteriorated to outright animosity late last year after the government sacked the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee, of which Mr Wellington was a member.

Mr Wellington has since become a staunch defender of those he believes have been wrongly swept up under the government's VLAD legislation, particularly the Yandina Five.

He used the Facebook party legislation debate time to state his wider attitude to the government and police.

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