Government will 'crush the bikes'
The LNP vows to destroy the bikes of convicted bikie criminals Monday but one lawyer says his client just wants to "look for a job". Nine News.PT1M32S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2vjjd 620 349 October 15, 2013
The state government is banking on “crushing the bikes” to help crush the morale of criminal motorcycle gang members.
The government will push through its anti-racketeering laws, billed as “the toughest laws in Australia” when parliament sits this week.
As part of those new laws, motorcycles belonging to gang members convicted of certain crimes, will be crushed.
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“Cabinet will continue its discussions and deliberations on the tough criminal motorcycle gang legislation,” Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said.
“I've announced today that we are going to be crushing the bikes. Just as we are going to be crushing the criminal motorcycle gang enterprises; we are going to crush the bikes.”
Under the new legislation, which will also stop gang members from being able to legally wear their colours, gather in certain areas and own businesses, such as tattoo parlours, and make it harder for bikie members to receive bail, offenders' vehicles will be impounded.
“They will then be tried in the courts and then upon conviction, they will be crushed,” Mr Bleijie said.
“[We'll be] targeting criminal motorcycle gang members, we want to break the morale of these establishments.”
Critics have questioned the urgency with which the government wants to pass the laws. It is bypassing its parliamentary committee review process and will pass the laws in the same week it introduces them, which is just over two weeks after they were first mooted.
CCTV cameras captured the brawl at Broadbeach. Photo: Nine News.
Mr Bleijie said there was no need for summits, only action.
The police service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission will be given additional powers under the legislation, which will make it easier for gang members and their identified associates to be brought before "star chamber" hearings, where they will be compelled to give information, or face jail for contempt.
Following criticism from civil libertarians, Queensland Greens party spokesman Andrew Bartlett said the new legislation could “hurt innocent people”.
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“Has the Liberal National Party forgotten the lessons of the Bjelke-Petersen era? Or are they just reverting to type, knowingly abusing their parliamentary majority to rush through bad laws under a flimsy law and order guise?”, he said in a statement.
“This has clearly gone well beyond rational measures to stop criminal actions by motorcycle gangs. It is an unaccountable government, with no checks and balances, abusing its powers for cheap political gain.”
The legislation will be introduced in parliament on Tuesday. It will become law as soon as the Governor gives her royal assent.