The Courier-Mail can reveal the Crime and Misconduct
Commission is preparing to probe whether criminal motorcycle gangs have
infiltrated the public sector and gained access to sensitive information
for illicit gain.
In an exclusive interview, the three men in charge of
Queensland's anti-bikie assault - CMC chief Dr Ken Levy, Deputy
Commissioner Brett Pointing and Detective Superintendent Mick Niland -
have outlined the next battlegrounds, estimating it could take a
generation to rid the state of the gangs.
THE MEN BEHIND THE BIKIE CRACKDOWN
Police numbers will be increased and a campaign will
begin to encourage the public to come on-board and deter young people
from joining up to the bikie trade estimated to be worth up to $3b in
"It's unlike a novel you might read or CSI. You don't
get a result at the end of the episode," Mr Pointing said of anti-bikie
"These (bikie) networks are sophisticated and they are
not going to give up easily.
Deputy Police Commissioner Brett Pointing
and Mick Niland at Police HQ, Roma St. Pic Annette Dew
"We are very much here for the long term. This is
something that has to be sustained well into the future."
Det Supt Niland said police were working alongside
federal agencies and the CMC to not only hit the bikies hard in
high-visibility operations such as Operation Takeback on the Gold Coast,
but to also attack their networks and their wealth.
"It's not really a crackdown. This is relentless
pressure that's going to be applied and it's going to stay there," he
Dr Levy said the CMC had also been resourced to probe
bikie links within the public service.
"You might get bikies who have a girlfriend or a
boyfriend or somebody else ... who might be able to use official
information to assist a criminal motorcycle gang in some respect," he
"Transport is the usual one people always think of but
it could be any government department at all. That public sector type
grouping will be one of those things that we will have the crosshairs
"There are many aspects where there could be conflicts
of interest. Certainly as far as bikies go any possible avenues will be
It comes on top of tough new laws introduced by the
Newman Government last year in the wake of the now infamous Broadbeach
bikie brawl including extra funding and intelligence gathering powers
for CMC, lengthy mandatory sentences for gang members and office
bearers, and tougher licensing schemes for industries bikie gangs are
known to have infiltrated including tattoo parlours.
"We are doing a lot of work across government," Mr
Pointing said in a bid to ensure police had the tools needed weed bikies
"The end game is to eliminate criminal motorcycle
gangs from Queensland. They are always going to keep trying because the
markets are so lucrative.
"That's why it's so important to make the legal and
structural changes that we have so that we send a message that if you
want to commit crime in Queensland there are going to be significant
penalties and there are going to be significant risks and you better
factor that in."
DON'T USE BIKIES AS DEBT COLLECTORS, POLICE WARN
BUSINESS owners disillusioned with the legal system
are being urged not to engage bikie gangs to help recover debts.
Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing said since the
global financial crisis businesses had been turning away from
traditional debt recovery methods and bikies were benefiting as a
"We've had a number of instances where people, because
they've lost money in the global financial crisis ... have used criminal
motorcycle gangs as debt collectors,' Mr Pointing said.
"We've heard of circumstances where they've sold the
debt to a criminal motorcycle gang. For example, someone might owe them
$100,000 and they feel they have no likelihood of recovering the debt so
they sell the debt to a criminal motorcycle gang for, it might be, half
"Then the gang, using threats and violence and
intimidation, attempt to get money out of the person."
Mr Pointing said the trend was fraught with danger.
"They (businesses) very much run the risk of getting
involved in an extortion," he said.
"We've seen example where they end up getting involved
in a criminal enterprise they can't get out of.
"Hopefully the publicity around this will send a
message to those people."