Dozens of fortified
clubhouses belonging to the
Hells Angels, Bandidos,
Comancheros, and Rebels will
be affected by the new laws.
UPDATE 8.19am: POLICE veterans have
welcomed tough new laws allowing
cops to tear down fortifications at
bikie gang clubhouses.
Police Association and the former
Western Australian Chief Commissioner
who cracked down on bikies in that state
have welcomed the laws to tear down
fortifications that barricade outlaw
motorcycle gang clubhouses.
laws, if police suspect premises are
being used for organised criminal
activity they can get a court order to
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Falconer - who was also a former
Victoria Police deputy commissioner -
backed the new laws, to be introduced
to a statement made by a senior
Victorian policeman at a parliamentary
inquiry about two years ago, Victoria
now has concerns and is taking action
(against) outlaw motorcycle gangs –
excellent move," Mr Falconer said.
while the move showed Victoria Police’s
view on bikie gangs had changed, the
laws' success would only be known in
Paul Hollowood told a federal
parliamentary committee in 2008 that
Victorian police had "bigger fish to
fry" than outlaw motor cycle gangs.
"It is not
our number one and it is certainly not
our number two or number three problem
here in Victoria," Det-Supt Hollowood
told the inquiry examining the role of
bikie gangs in organised crime.
Hollowood, a senior member of the crime
department, said outlaw bikie gangs had
become an unnecessary and unhealthy
distraction from police efforts against
Association boss Greg Davies said the
laws put Victoria closer to a level
playing field with other states when
cracking down on bikie gangs.
going to have the same arsenal (to) take
care of business a whole better than we
can right now," Snr-Sgt Davies said.
still not right there. There’s no point
having certain states with the full
range of legislation and us only having
part of it. We need anti-association
laws as well.
end there has been a victory for common
sense. It is better late than never."
the Opposition launched a proposal,
exclusively revealed in the Herald
Sun, to outlaw bikie clubs.
leader Ted Baillieu branded the Brumby
Government’s announcement a "cynical
election-eve attempt" to copy the
Brumby’s) plans fall well short of the
Coalition's tough plan to protect
Victorian families from these criminal
gangs and the threat they represent to
law and order," Mr Baillieu said today.
Coalition's plan will put Victoria at
the forefront of tough and effective
action against criminal bikie gangs by
allowing these gangs to be outlawed,
clubhouse fortifications to be
demolished and the clubhouses of illegal
gangs to be confiscated and sold to
benefit the taxpayer."
changes to the law will affect dozens of
fortified clubhouses belonging to the
Hells Angels, Bandidos, Comancheros,
Rebels and other motorcycle gangs.
laws will be announced next week after
months of talks between the Government
the Herald Sun visited
clubhouses fortified by thick steel
gates and barbed wire and security
cameras in suburban industrial estates,
including Campbellfield, Brunswick,
North Geelong and nearby Breakwater.
and torture have occurred at some
fortresses, which are also used to store
guns and drugs.
comes after a series of Herald Sun
reports about the influx of bikies into
Victoria, which does not have
it was reported police took a soft
approach on the Rebels during their
annual national run last weekend -
allowing bikies to ride at speeds up to
140km/h as police followed them.
Commissioner Sir Ken Jones lobbied for
the new powers, presenting a detailed
plan to former police minister Bob
bikies fail to comply, police will force
them to tear down their forts.
fortify clubhouses to protect them from
rival clubs' attacks, and turn them into
secure crime dens.
including guns, drugs and cash have been
found within fortified clubhouses in
clubhouses dotted across the state,
which hosts more than a dozen outlaw
will come into effect next year.
Government and Victoria Police have had
recent discussions about whether
anti-fortification laws would assist
police to keep the community safer," a
Government spokesman said.
Premier, John Brumby, said in August
that he had an open mind on the issue
and would seek advice from Victoria
be no change to organised crime
legislation to stop bikies associating.
been a litany of shootings, bombings and
illegal activities surrounding
Bandidos enforcer Ross Brand was shot
dead outside the club's Geelong compound
by a Rebels rival.
Opposition has promised to introduce
tough laws, if elected, to clamp down on
outlaw bikie gangs.
Leader Ted Baillieu said: "John Brumby's
soft-on-crime approach has turned
Victoria into a haven for criminal bikie
Coalition has pledged to outlaw the
clubs and demolish clubhouses .
Motorcycle Council - the bikies'
political arm - says any plans to stop
bikies associating will fail.
and Stalin would be proud of these
laws," said UMC spokesman "Camel".