Queensland bikie numbers fall following
Newman Government crackdown
July 14, 201412:00AM
ABOUT a quarter of all the state’s
bikies have handed in their colours and cut ties with their
gangs in the nine months since the Newman Government
declared all-out war on them.
And police have revealed the exodus comes
despite some gang members being treated as traitors by their
“These gangs are treacherous and they are
subjecting some members who are leaving to some horrendous
behaviour,’’ the police commander of anti-bikie taskforce
Maxima, Detective Superintendent Mick Niland, said.
“There have been instances where gang members
who have disassociated have had their cars torched, been
assaulted, and even had club tattoos forcibly removed.
“But the good news is that at the moment, gang
membership is declining and we will make sure the downward trend
Police figures show that when Maxima was
launched in October last year, there were 1133 bikies in 14
gangs active in Queensland.
Ashkan Tai, a solicitor with
Bosscher Lawyers, with some of the colours
handed in to the lawyers.
But the crackdown, coupled with the threat of
hefty mandatory sentences, has slashed the number to 861.
“There are now 272 fewer members of these
criminal gangs on our streets,’’ Det Supt Niland said.
“That’s about a 25 per cent reduction — and we
are determined to keep the numbers falling.’’
But a senior member of the country’s most
powerful bikie gang, the Rebels, said that far from “breaking up
the gangs’’, the laws were making them “stronger than ever’’.
“Some people might be moving on, but those
still in the gangs are determined to see this through,’’ said
Brisbane chapter president, Little Mick Kosenko, who with Stefan
Kuczborski has been instrumental in a High Court challenge to
“The Government has brought the fight to us,
and we are determined not to back down,’’ he said, adding that
he’d not heard of any gangs “punishing’’ their members for
“You can leave on good terms,’’ he said.
“We’ve always had guys whose circumstances
change and want to move on. The only harassment they get is from
Det Supt Niland revealed more than 40 bikies
had “openly’’ left their gangs while in other instances
“confirmation’’ was received “through our interactions with
He also hailed as a success an online form
that allows bikies to declare “they are no longer part of an
outlaw group”. He said six bikies had used the forms.
Prominent criminal defence lawyer Michael
Bosscher meanwhile said about 30 gang members from the Hells
Angels, Red Devils and Bandidos had handed in their colours at
his Brisbane office.
“They should be getting legal advice and
making statements saying they are no longer members of that
club, which may have to be used in court,’’ he said.
New laws in effect this month follow a police
warning bikies had switched their
investments from nightclubs to restaurants.