LAWYERS have written to
the Police Commissioner asking him to refrain from
drafting bikie association laws — a job they say should
be left in the hands of accountable elected
Alliance Tasmanian spokesman Henry Pill has written to
Commissioner Darren Hine in response to a recent Mercury
article that revealed moves to stop outlaw bikies and other
criminals fraternising are on the radar.
In his letter, Mr Pill has
raised a raft of concerns about the application and success
of similar laws in other jurisdictions.
“While reiterating my
belief that consorting laws do not present a useful addition
to the Tasmanian legal landscape, if such laws are to be
pursued, it would appear appropriate that any legislative
package be put through a rigorous, balanced and public
assessment process before being tabled in Parliament,” Mr
“It is the view of the
Alliance that the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute is uniquely
well placed to conduct such an assessment.
“As the State’s premier
law reform body, the Institute has multiple decade’s worth
of experience in the field, and an enormous amount of
expertise at hand.
“As such, the Alliance
requests that any review of legislation currently being
conducted by the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency
Management in to laws relating to consorting, association,
motorcycle organisations or any related topic be referred to
the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute immediately.”
Richard Cowling said Tasmania Police would continue
“progressing legislation” with a proposed introduction date