Bikie gang members could
be banned from several industries under
a Queensland government crackdown.
TOGETHER their names read like a
rollcall of villains from a superhero comic but Premier
Campbell Newman insists there's nothing novel about the
gangs in his government's firing line.
Well-known bikie clubs like the Bandidos,
Hells Angels, Rebels and the Finks are on the 26-strong list
about to be declared criminal organisations under tough new laws
to be rushed through State Parliament this week.
Their names appear alongside lesser known
clubs such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iron Horsemen,
Gladiators, Fourth Reich, Mob Shitters and Notorious - a club
police believed was linked to a high-profile and unsolved Gold
"These are not lovable rascals and ruffians,"
Mr Newman said. "That's their spin. That's the way they've been
trying to present themselves for many, many years.
"Nor are they just free spirits who love to
ride motorcycles. They are criminals."
The website of the Iron Horsemen states the
club is a "family" who
"take pride in their colours and their bros".
The Queensland government says a new
bikies-only 'super jail' will not breach human
Under the Criminal Law (Criminal Gangs
Disruption) Amendment Bill, once declared a criminal
organisation, members of the 26 clubs will be banned from
attending their clubhouses and hanging out in groups of three or
They will also be banned from promoting or
recruiting for their bikie clubs.
The legislation also identifies the location
of about 40 clubhouses and properties from the Gold Coast to
Townsville from which the bikies will be banned.
Mr Newman said the changes were expected to be
in force from the end of the week.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the
26-strong list could grow to include new groups to stop bikies
trying to get around the new laws.
"If they create a new gang, we can prescribe
by declaration, after satisfying criteria based on police
evidence and CMC evidence and some other criteria we are putting
in the Bill, we can add them to the list," he said.
"If gangs hand in their colours and aren't
criminal motorcycle gangs any more we can take them off the
The Rebels are on the Queensland
Government’s “hit list”, below.Source: News