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Bikies unite to help Finks fight police

BIKIES are pleading with the community they terrorise for help to pay for the Finks' looming court battle with police.

Outlaw bikie gangs have launched a campaign seeking financial support after Queensland Police sought to have the club declared a criminal organisation.

Police allege in documents lodged in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday that the Finks pose an "unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare and order of the community".

But the self-proclaimed "one percenters" outlaw gang will not go down without a fight.

With similar laws in South Australia and NSW deemed unconstitutional by the High Court, they will fight to have Queensland's laws also declared invalid.

Finks sources say the gang is prepared to go all the way to the High Court.

United Motorcycle Council spokesman Russell "Camel" Wattie said police were unfairly targeting the Finks, and all outlaw motorcycle gangs would band together to fight "injustice".

"If these laws are passed, which we will make sure they aren't, everyone will be affected," Mr Wattie said.

"We are tribal people. Aborigines have different markings to show off their heritage and Queenslanders wear maroon to show their support in the State of Origin.

"That's the same as asking us to become a home-brand bikie and become the same as everyone else. That won't happen."

The United Motorcycle Council of Queensland website is asking supporters to make cash donations and to sign petitions to help fight the pending court battle.

Mr Wattie said there was no such thing as rival bikie groups.

"We all support each other in the interests of protecting the rights of every single Australian," he said.

University of Queensland legal expert Dr Andreas Schloehardt said if the application was accepted by the Supreme Court, a declaration would be made that would ban the Finks from associating with each other and meeting in their clubhouses, severely restricting their movements and civil liberties.

Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon said the Finks were chosen as the first gang to be targeted by the Act because its members had a history of terrifying crimes.

The Courier-Mail reports the legal bid gives an unprecedented account of a murky subculture of violence and drug dealing long hidden from public view by the outlaw bikies' code of silence, as a veil of secrecy has been lifted from the self-proclaimed rulers of the Gold Coast underworld.

At least 47 current members of the Finks Motorcycle Club's Gold Coast chapter - 45 of them convicted criminals - have been named in the first police application under the controversial Criminal Organisation Act, The Courier-Mail reports.

It names the clubs' senior officers as well as nine select bikies who made up the "Finks Terror Team", an enforcement arm "whose major function is the extortion of money by a system known as 'Finks Fines'."

The application, obtained by Channel 7 on Saturday after a Supreme Court bid, lists a 20-year catalogue of crimes from murder to drug trafficking, serious assaults, threats, extortion, robbery, stalking, home invasions, kidnapping and weapons offences.


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