TOOWOOMBA Harley-Davidson dealer Boyd Yung is
still coming to terms with what new anti-bikie laws will mean
for his business.
Mr Yung has called on the motorcycle industry
to rally as a unified body against the Queensland Government's
escalating war on outlaw motorcycle gangs.
The crackdown on a few, he warned, could
tarnish the industry and drive away social riders.
"I see my customers getting pulled over, being
questioned by police and they're just people travelling," Mr
"It all sounds good on the surface, but look a
"It's an erosion of democratic process for
law-abiding citizens who happen to ride a motorbike."
Mr Yung fears a growing reluctance of riders
to subject themselves to continuous roadside meetings with
police would damage the Harley-Davidson brand in Queensland.
"Does Campbell Newman realise how many people
have an awful lot of money invested in the motorcycle industry,
how many people we employ and how many taxes we raise?" he
If you don't want to be judged, then clean up
your act and dress like everyday "good" civilians. Ever heard
the saying "I am an individual"? Well, don't act and dress like
bikies just to be a member of their chapter.
What exactly is a criminal gang? Are a mob of
tree huggers holding up a bulldozer a criminal gang? A football
team down the pub wearing club colours or a mob of kids at the
coast for schoolies? I was under the impression that in
Australia everyone was equal under the law and everyone was
innocent until proven guilty, under the law.
- Davemck, Newtown
It's quite a simple solution really! Just hand
in your patch and you get to keep your businesses and jobs and
you also can still enjoy riding socially with your friends. Real
men don't need to belong in Gangs to be tough and it is also
teaching your children/grandchildren that they can part of a
productive society without joining gangs as well. Win win
- Jackyb, Minden
What purpose do bikie 'gangs' have in society?
Distribution of firearms and illicit substances? Threaten, harm
and intimidate young 'criminals' or use their street
'credibility' to muscle around?
- Rebecca Santillan
Funny when young junkie crims commit crimes
the system rehabilitates them and helps them get a job. This
gentlemen and many like him have jobs, pay taxes, contribute to
society yet they're told they can't have a job/run a business so
how is he expected to support himself and his family. It's
blatant discrimination. Employers are told they must consider
all races, religions, ages, sexuality based on their merits, but
in this case you can't employ someone based on their social
alliances. That's discrimination, and THAT is against the law.
- Tanka Dieckmann
If they are not doing anything illegal it
shouldn't be a problem??? Everyone who has a licence can be
pulled over and put on a breathalyser whether they have been
drinking or not! Simple - don't break the law!