Motorcycle clubs vow
to take up the fight in court
motorcycle gangs are "considering leaving
Queensland" or even Australia as they deal with
tough new anti-bikie gang legislation.
Motorcycle clubs "intend on challenging"
the Queensland government's anti-bikie legislation as soon
United Motorcycle Council honorary legal
counsel and New South Wales barrister Wayne Baffsky said
lawyers were going combing through the legislation already,
while a member of the UMC said the clubs were looking at
setting up a "fighting fund".
"I think the way some of the Acts have
been written, there are parts we can challenge there. The
first stop would be the Queensland Supreme Court," Mr
Baffsky said, adding that he would not rule out a challenge
to the High Court.
But for the legislation to be seriously
challenged, first someone would have to be subjected to it,
which Mr Baffsky said would be a daunting experience.
"The laws go considerably further than is
necessary or needed and quite frankly I have never seen Acts
like this in any part of the world, or anywhere in the last
Independent motorcycle lobbyist and UMC
member Russell Wattie said the laws would be addressed at
the council's regular meeting in Brisbane on Thursday night.
"We're having a look at it and there are
some parts we can put forward, but our advice is nothing can
really be done until someone is charged," he said.
"So the ball is in the government's
Mr Wattie said only about "12 or 14" of
the clubs listed by the legislation were presently in
Queensland and "some didn't exist".
"Like the Scorpions. I have never heard of
them," he said.
"And the Renegades only have one bloke and
he is in jail, so that doesn't really count.
"And they have spelt some of the club
names wrong in the legislation. I am not going to say which
ones, but you wonder what that would mean if pressed in a
Mr Wattie said the clubs were looking at
establishing a fighting fund.
"We are running chook raffles to fight the
government who have endless tax payer dollars," he said.
"What really gets me is that they already
know these laws are flawed and they went through and put
them in anyway."
Premier Campbell Newman and
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie have said all along they
expected the legislation to be challenged.
"We know that some of these things will be
challenged," Mr Newman said on Friday last week.
"We know that some may be overturned. It
doesn't matter. We are going to continue to try again. There
are many mechanisms that we are going to use."
Mr Bleijie said the legislation passed in
the early hours of Wednesday morning was only "phase one".
"The more they fight our legal reforms,
the more we'll fight back and keep adjusting and modernising
our laws," he said.
The government is hoping royal assent for
the laws will be given by the end of the week. Once given,
the legislation becomes law.