Bikie gang members could be banned from the
security, gym and second-hand car industries under a Queensland
Parliament passed a suite of new laws early on
Wednesday aimed at dismantling criminal bikie gangs, and banning
gang members from owning, operating or working in tattoo
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says the
government is prepared to drive bikies out of other industries
too, with more laws likely to be brought before parliament
before the end of the year.
Mr Bleijie named the security, gym and
second-hard car industries as examples of businesses they would
target under the bans.
'If there are criminal motorcycle gang members
profiteering, promoting, working, associating, being the
proprietor of these other businesses, then we will crush them
too,' he said.
'We are unapologetic in relation to making
sure that we have the net cast as far and as wide as possible to
catch these individuals and rid them from our streets.'
Mr Bleijie told Queenslanders to expect more
'As the criminal motorcycle gang members
respond to these laws, come up out of the ground from where they
are hidden at the moment, we will have to introduce more laws
targeting criminal motorcycle gang members,' he said.
The new laws passed with the support of Labor
and crossbench MPs about 3am (AEST) on Wednesday.
The laws name 26 criminal organisations,
including the Bandidos, Finks and Mongols.
Among other things, they ban members and
associates from gathering and recruiting for new members and
carry additional jail terms of 15 to 25 years for bikies who
commit serious crimes.
The new laws have sparked serious human rights
concerns, and a savage attack on the attorney-general by
Australian Council for Civil Liberties president Terry O'Gorman.
He says Mr Bleijie is a joke, and 'doesn't
give a rats' about his role as the first law officer of
'All this attorney-general wants to be is the
law-and-order, tough thumping politician,' Mr O'Gorman told the
'He is, as a first law officer, an absolute
'He has no experience in the law. He was a
conveyancer before he went into parliament. That lack of
experience is clearly showing.'
Finks lawyer Bill Potts says the new laws
could expose lawyers who represent bikies to criminal charges.
He says legal representatives could be deemed
violent lawless associates simply by walking into court to
represent their clients.
'A lawyer ... could be charged with the
offence of being in a public place and would get a minimum six
month jail sentence, and a maximum of three years,' he told the
'I'm not suggesting for a moment that's what
was intended, but that's the legislation. That's the way it
Legal minds from other jurisdictions have also
The former NSW director of public
prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, says the Newman government's
idea of a bikies-only jail is 'nonsense' and a hysteria has
developed around the bikies issue.
'There are some clubs and there are some
members of motorcycle clubs who are pests, who commit serious
criminal offences, and who should be dealt with by the criminal
law,' he told a university forum on Tuesday night.
'But the mere fact of membership of an
organisation of that kind should not have criminal