Qld Government refuses to rule out Anzac Day bikie raids
Insane in the membrane..
The Queensland Opposition says enforcing bikie laws on
Anzac Day could lead to the arrests of ex-servicemen who are members of
outlaw motorcycle gangs.
In an open letter to newspapers, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says
anti-bikie laws will be enforced on Anzac Day as they would on any other
The new laws ban members of outlawed organisations from gathering in
groups of three or more.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne says police should be tolerant of all
official gatherings of ex-servicemen on ANZAC Day.
"You've got 364 days to prosecute this legislation and mount this
argument and do whatever needs to be done or not done," he said.
"I don't think that Anzac Day is the day to have the Queensland Police
Service going and kicking the door in on infantry battalion association
gatherings in order to arrest supposed bikies or their associates.
"This is simply ridiculous that the day of Anzac is going to be
compromised by potentially police officers attempting to arrest
ex-servicemen attending Anzac Day ceremonies.
"I think it's an ill-considered comment and one that's completely
unwarranted from the Attorney-General."
Veterans motorcycle club targeted
Last October, 20 officers from the anti-bikie group
Taskforce Maxima targeted the Vietnam and Veterans
Motorcycle Club at its clubhouse at Kingston, south of Brisbane.
The club is not on the list of 26 organisations banned under the new
No-one was arrested, searched or cautioned during the raid.
Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli says the anti-bikie laws have
nothing to do with targeting innocent people.
"They have everything to do with targeting criminal motorcycle gangs," he
"Law-abiding people have nothing to fear at any time, that's the nuts and
bolts of it.
"To somehow try and tug on the heart strings of a day that means so much
to Australians, to try and engender support for some sort of agenda is a new
low even for the Australian Labor Party."