WA Government plans to introduce new anti-consorting laws for
BIKIE gangs have been put on notice, with the WA Government
aiming to introduce tough new anti-consorting laws early next
Tensions between WA’s biggest bikie gang, the Rebels, and their
rivals the Comancheros, are rising and are believed to be the
reason for a spate of five tattoo parlour fire-bombings in the
past six months, and shots being fired at the Waikiki home of a
senior Rebels bikie this week.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson feared innocent people could be
caught in the crossfire of the latest feud.
Police have raided several properties, seizing guns, drugs and
John Quigley.Picture:Danella Bevis
Attorney-General John Quigley wants laws that would ban people
with convictions from consorting with each other, following the
lead of a bikie crackdown in NSW.
“There continues to be a growing concern in WA and nationally
about the operation of organised crime and criminal gangs,
including bikie gangs, which remain the most high-profile
manifestations of organised crime in Australia,” he said.
Mr Quigley said the Barnett government’s anti-bikie measures,
introduced in 2012, had been a dismal failure and “too
cumbersome and ineffectual”.
“(These laws) are not fit for purpose. They have never been used
in six years and they never will be,” he said.
“I am considering the most effective legislative elements from
other Australian jurisdictions to ensure that we come up with
the best approach to tackling the problem in WA.”
Mr Quigley said the NSW anti-gang squad’s successful bikie
crackdown, known as Operation Raptor, used anti-consorting laws
to impede gang activities. He hoped to introduce anti-consorting
legislation early next year.
More than 300 bikies have been convicted in WA of crimes that
have penalties of more than five years in jail.
Police have been keeping a close eye on hostilities after
several members of the Rebels’ Rockingham chapter defected to
the Comancheros in June last year.