The Palasczczuk government was to receive a report on December 18, on their plans to wind back elements of the anti-bikie legislation. Photo: Paul Rovere
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has again warned the Palaszczuk government not to wind back the current anti-bikie legislation, which was passed in response to the vicious brawl between rival gangs in Broadbeach on September 27, 2013.
Speaking at the Gold Coast City Council meeting at Surfers Paradise on Tuesday, Cr Tate said it would be a mistake to take the pressure off bikie gangs.
"As far as going light on criminal gangs go, we want to keep the foot on their throat," Cr Tate said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has again warned the Palaszczuk government not to wind back the current anti-bikie legislation, which was spawned by the vicious brawl between rival gangs in Broadbeach on September 27, 2013. Photo: Chris Hyde
"And make sure that if they want to be involved in any criminal activities, do it on the other side of the border," he said.
The Palasczczuk government was to receive a report on December 18, on their plans to wind back elements of the anti-bikie legislation, the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws.
That review has now been delayed until March 31 2016 after the local government elections.
Cr Tate referred to his submission to the Palaszczuk Government's review of the legislation, where he described moves to repeal the legislation "would go against the expectations of the Gold Coast community."
"In my view repealing or weakening of the Vicious
Lawless Association Disestablishment laws risks re-emergence of
motorcycle gangs in the city, undoing the great work of our police
force and an irreparable
damage to the City's image," he wrote.
Cr Tate said keeping the VLAD laws was the number one priority for the City of the Gold Coast for the incoming Labor Government.
He described the sentences handed down to senior bikies convicted of starting the Broadbeach Brawl - charged under legislation before the VLAD legislation - as "inappropriate."
"The recent sentences handed down in relation to outlaw motorcycle gang members involved in the Broadbeach Brawl were - in my view and in the view of the majority of the community I represent - inappropriate," he said.
"Of course I understand these sentences were issued under the context of the previous legislative regime."
The bikie who led others into the brawl, Jacques Teamo, received a four-month suspended jail sentence, while around a dozen others were fined between $1250 and $2500 for pleading guilty to public nuisance.
They could not be charged under the new legislation, which was only established after the incident at Broadbeach's Aura Restaurant.
Observers say Cr Tate has earned the respect of
senior Labor ministers including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad,
Commonwealth Games minister Kate Jones and Premier Annastacia
Palaszczuk for his ability
to see "the bigger picture" and moderating political ideology.
In his August 2015 submission Cr Tate said the 2013 Broadbeach Brawl had rocked the reputation of the Gold Coast.
"It was the culmination of an utter disregard by outlaw motorcycle gangs for the rule of law, police and the general public," he said.
"Introduction of the anti-bikie legislation in 2013 has restored our city's reputation and a sense of safety to the public."
Cr Tate said his submission reflected the view of the Gold Coast community.
"That is why I strongly believe it is crucial to
retain and even strengthen these laws."