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Bipartisan push to overhaul bail laws ‘putting a shoelace around a tiger’

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A senior bikie facing firearms and drugs charges has been released on bail, reigniting debate over ‘soft’ court decisions.

Police Minister David Elliott told Jim Wilson he’s approached colleague Attorney General Mark Speakman to raise his concerns.

A review into bail laws is currently underway.

“I believe it’s my role as Police Minister to be a little bit more outspoken on this than … judicial officeholders would like.

“You shouldn’t have to have parliament legislating for what I think is common sense.

“It’s about time that people on the bench understood that … discretion goes both ways.

“The magistrates have to consider community safety as well as the rights of the individual before the court.”

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Shadow police minister Walt Secord told Jim an overhaul would “absolutely” have bipartisan support from Labor.

“Bail is not working in New South Wales.

“If you are a commercial drug trafficker, a serious sex offender or a person on serious firearms charges, you shouldn’t get bail.”

NSW’s bail decisions recently came under scrutiny when alleged drug kingpin Mostafa Baluch sparked an ongoing manhunt while on bail.

“Putting an ankle bracelet around him is like putting a shoelace around a tiger.”

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Image: Nine News, Getty

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