FIRST it was tattoo studios, then it was
builders, now Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is linking
bikies to gyms, accusing some of acting as a shopfront for
illegal steroids and drugs.
Reports in a Brisbane newspaper on the weekend
suggested violence in key entertainment precincts was being
driven not just by alcohol, but also by cocktails of steroids
and "ice", a popular form of amphetamine.
Mr Newman said police told the government
"criminal motorcycle gangs" were now using gyms to sell both ice
and steroids to willing users.
"If you don't believe the criminal motorcycle
gangs have got a huge ripple impact across the Queensland
community, think again," he said.
"This is another example."
The government is also considering mandatory
drug and alcohol tests for those involved in violent incidents,
but is asking for community feedback before a decision is made
Anti-bikie legislation introduced by the state
government has targeted tattoo parlours run by those linked to
It is now applying the same scrutiny to the
building industry, with Queensland tradies to face police