Jail threat as new law ups bikie
colours ban in public
Jason Tin, The Courier-Mail
BIKIES would face jail time
for wearing their colours in any public space in Queensland
under Labor’s proposed new laws to tackle gangs.
The State Government this week
will spruik its anti-bikie measures, with the hope the extended
ban on colours and the retention of mandatory sentencing
elements will allay fears that Labor will embolden criminal
motorcycle gang members through a softened stance or
The new laws will also ensure
police can shut down addresses used for fraud rackets, in
addition to keeping clubhouses closed.
The Government is also
expected to propose anti-consorting laws that closely mirror
those introduced in NSW but our version could mean other
offenders such as pedophiles and boiler room fraudsters won’t be
able to hang out.
The laws will tomorrow go
before Cabinet for a second time, after resolutions could not be
reached on some implementation issues last week, such as the
transition period and issues about limits on police powers.
The state says the legislative
package it will introduce in the next fortnight “will also
mandatory penalties as an inducement for offenders to
co-operate with police”. Earlier this year, the Government
announced it would investigate the option of expanding the ban
on colours beyond licensed premises.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
said she wanted to see more convictions and send a clear message
to gang members that her Government would not give them any room
“The days of brazen, menacing
rides through our streets and cities in daunting gang colours
are over,” she said.
“Under Campbell Newman’s laws,
gang colours were still permitted on our streets. Under my laws,
they won’t be. The gangs can expect no let-up from police and
prosecutors. I want more convictions not less, something we
haven’t seen under the LNP laws.” This year, Crime and
Corruption Commission chairman Alan MacSporran said the watchdog
still believed bikie gangs were continuing to recruit on the
Gold Coast and warned the CCC would be the first to raise
concerns if the Government’s new laws started showing signs of
being less effective.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath
said they wanted to stamp out the “fear and intimidation” that
accompanied bikie colours and the laws would not only allow
police to confiscate colours but also ensure the offence carried
“escalating penalties, including imprisonment”.
“That intimidation goes directly
to the behaviour of OMCGs that is rightfully a concern to the
Queensland public and Queensland police,” Ms D’Ath said.
Police Minister Bill Byrne said
the development of the laws involved proper consultation. “Our
crackdown on serious organised crime will be all-encompassing,”