BIKIE LAWS: Helen Nester fondly
remembers annual motorcycle club toy runs in Ipswich.
WE ASKED you on Facebook whether you supported the
State Government crackdown on bikies and the controversial question
received a whopping 233 responses.
Most people were passionately against the
heavily-contested Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD)
laws with many arguing they infringed on the rights of motorcyclists.
"I don't support it, too many innocent people are
being victimised by these laws," said Adam Greaves.
"Crack down on crime, not a sub culture, bikes and
tattoos don't equal criminal."
"I fondly remember every year in the September school
holidays a 'bikie' group (did) the annual children's hospital run," said
"We waved at them and they waved back and carrying
lots of toys on their backs."
Ipswich police Inspector Keith McDonald said the laws
were designed to target criminals, not social motorcyclists.
"The purpose of the laws is to remove criminal
activity from the community, the people being targeted are not law
abiding citizens," he said.
"A lot of the people we focus on in Ipswich have come
to police attention through illegal activity.
"Those people still have their freedom and their
rights but if there is a war among these members they don't care who
gets caught in the cross fire.
"If we've stopped a criminal gang from getting just
one person involved in illegal activity or drug use that's one family
saved from a life of heartache and we make no apologies for that."
Chandler Delveen agreed with the inspector saying that
he believed the rights and freedoms of families were at risk due to the
activity of criminal bikie gangs.
"I can't understand why law abiding bikers should be
so concerned about protecting these criminal gangs that tarnish their
reputation, let them answer to the law," he said.
However commenters such as Priscilla Woodforth argued
the laws affect many innocent motorcyclists and their families.
"So many families have been affected due to the
Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act," she said.
"My family in particular, and I have also met other
families whose sons, husbands, nephews have also suffered because they
are members or associates of Motorcycle Clubs."
To view all of the reader comments regarding the State
Government crackdown on bikies head to the
Queensland Times Facebook page.