But the absence of
anti-consorting laws — used so effectively by Strike
Force Raptor to upset bikies’ criminal syndicates in NSW
— in the national capital has made Canberra the go-to
destination for outlaw motorcycle gangs.
It is understood Sydney bikies
are even going so far as to load their motorcycles onto
trucks and shipping them to the Australian Capital
Territory so they can ride together during visits to
hold meetings and plot business.
Tajjour posted a photo of his gang at
a tourist spot overlooking Canberra to Instagram on Sunday,
along with a video clip.
“Malcolm Turnbull we came to
Canberra to say ‘bye to ya,’’ Tajjour said, in a reference
to the leadership spill last Friday that ousted Mr Turnbull
as prime minister.
It’s understood ACT police stopped
the group and spoke to them before letting them ride on.
“There is no way they would get
away with taking a photo like that or riding around in
Sydney,’’ a senior NSW cop told The Daily Telegraph.
Canberra has become a safe haven
for bikies since tough anti-consorting laws were introduced
in NSW in 2013 after a spate of violent crime by gangs.
From having just one gang in 2014
the capital now has four — and regular visits from
The rise in gangs and violent acts
led top ACT cop Justine Saunders to say she was kept up at
night by fears an innocent person would be a victim of bikie
“You have the ACT Chief Police
Officer … agreeing she fears innocent victims from bikie
violence, and also that organised crime groups like OMCGs
are coming,” ACT opposition legal spokesman Jeremy Hanson
said. “We need to have consorting laws here to prevent the
growth of bikies before someone is killed,’’ he said.
His bid to introduce
anti-consorting laws was defeated by the ALP-controlled
A spokesman said the ACT government
had strengthened police powers to target criminal gangs.
But it did not support
anti-consorting laws because they could have a
“disproportionate impact” on vulnerable members of our