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A HOUSE and a rental property will be removed from the list of premises set to be made illegal for bikies to enter, under State Government changes to the new laws announced less than two weeks ago.
The new anti-bikie laws, which would declare 27 motorcycle gangs criminal organisations, are set to pass the Lower House of Parliament this week with support from the Opposition.
As the laws were about to be debated for the first time in State Parliament, Attorney-General John Rau announced “a couple of minor Government amendments”.
He said that latest police intelligence showed two of the 15 properties that were listed to be declared prescribed places members of outlawed gangs were banned from entering did not need to be on that list.
Another change was to clarify the role publicans would need to play in banning members from entering their licenced premises.
“They (the Australian Hotels Association) were concerned that there may be some burden placed on publicans to personally deal with members of these organisations that might be unsafe for those people,” he said.
Police Commissioner Gary Burns said police provided the Government with the list of 15 properties three months ago and since the laws were announced two weeks ago had done a further check.
“Latest intelligence since we first provided the list indicated one is a residential address and it is no longer a regular place for meeting so we are recommending that be removed,” he said.
“The other place was actually leased by an OMCG (outlaw motorcycle gang) but that lease is no longer in place so there’s no point having that place on the list.”
Mr Rau defended the changes and said it should not be used as a reason to not support the laws.
He said even if a private property was accidentally listed it would not affect anyone living there because it simply bans gang members meeting there.
Opposition leader Steven Marshall said the laws would have support to pass the Lower House this week but the party would take some time to scrutinise the proposal before voting on it in the Upper House.
“10 minutes before the debate starts the Government gives us amendments, these haven’t gone through the Party Room,” he said.
“We’re not going to rush this important legislation, it’s complex legislation and it needs the proper scrutiny of parliament.”
Mr Marshall ruled out referring the laws to an Upper House committee for review.