The Rebel bikie group were stopped by Police at
the top of the Toowoomba Range for random checks. Photo: Bev
Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey
THE Attorney General's office can't give direct answers to
four questions put to it on how Queensland's new anti-bikie laws
Acting Attorney General David Crisafulli has instead given
an assurance a "common sense approach" to the laws will prevail,
with police required to have supporting evidence and
intelligence before charging anyone with any offence.
Four questions were sent to Mr Crisafulli late last week,
posing hypothetical situations involving present or past outlaw
motorcycle gang members, under which they or others could
conceivably be arrested.
Many contributors have complained they are not aware under
which situations they might be breaking the law by associating
with past or present outlaw motorcycle club members.
The situations put to Mr Crisafulli were:
I am married to a member of an OMC. My two
brothers are also members. It is my brother's birthday. Can
I celebrate it over a meal at the local pub with my husband
and two brothers? If not, do I run the risk of being
arrested or only the other three?
I employ two members of an OMC and one former
member. Can they all work in my shop at the same time?
Three members of our church are former OMC
members. They each walked away from their clubs over the
past five years and have turned their lives around. Can
they technically or actually be arrested for being at church
together and are all members of the church at risk of being
I have two acquaintances who are fairly rough.
I'm not sure whether they are OMC members and don't really
want to ask them. If I see them and another of their mates
at the pub, can I be arrested for having a chat or a drink
with them if it turns out they are gang members?
Instead of answering the questions individually, Mr
Crisafulli responded with a three-paragraph statement:
"These laws target only people who knowingly participate
in criminal organisations. A participant is a person who is
either involved by membership or association in the activities
of a criminal organisation or seeks to be involved. In other
words, the law applies a practical and common sense test on
association and participation
"The laws passed by the Parliament make it clear that
only people who knowingly involve themselves with the dealings
of criminal organisations will be subject to our laws.
"Police require supporting evidence and intelligence
before charging anyone with any offence."