A MACKAY bikie has slammed Premier Campbell
Newman's "draconian" laws against outlaw motorcycle groups,
saying the proposed legislation is against human rights and will
just drive clubs "underground".
Rebels Motorcycle Club Mackay chapter
president Don Trevethan described his club as a group of guys
who work, pay taxes and "enjoy motorcycles".
"To me it's (about) mateship," Mr Tevethan
"We're just a motorcycle club… we enjoy
motorcycles and having heaps of friends that come and drink with
us and just the motorcycling side of it.
"There's three bikie clubs (in Mackay)… we all
just respect one another.
"There are no problems here."
Mr Trevethan, a 60-year-old father of four and
supervisor for a construction company, said under the proposed
State Government laws all members of outlaw motorcycle clubs
would be classed as criminals, whether they were involved in
illegal activities or not.
"Ninety per cent of the blokes causing this
stuff probably don't even own bikes," he said.
"The police have got to do the dirty work for
"With the police, they're only doing what
He said attempts to rid the state of bikie
clubs would just drive members "underground".
"What he (Campbell Newman) wants to do and
what he's allowed to do… hopefully it's all going to the High
"Judges aren't going to let Campbell Newman
tell them what to do.
"We're not going anywhere. Obviously things
will have to change but we aren't going anywhere."
Mr Trevethan said the Rebels Mackay chapter
had already contacted a barrister about the proposed
He said the club would fight the new laws
through the judicial system and wouldn't consider confronting
"If they start hounding us here or trying to
lock us up for any reason… as I've said, they've got no reason
to lock us up in Mackay here, we'll fight it.
"If they lock one of our blokes up we're going
to have a barrister there or a solicitor there straight away to
get him out… and find out what he's locked up for.
"What would we do, threaten the police or
something? No way in the world, that would be ridiculous to do."
He said police already had the power to arrest
criminals for illegal activity and should be "doing their job"
under the current laws in places like the Gold Coast.
"If you get locked up for a criminal offence
then you deserve to be locked up," he said.