Jarrod Bleijie says he has no self-doubt
about his crackdown on outlaw bikie gangs, despite savage
criticism from civil libertarians and lawyers who represent
During an interview on Fairfax radio, he
agreed with one caller's views that outlaw motorcycle gangs
are Australia's answer to the mafia.
"Yeah, these are criminal gangs, criminal
bikie organisations," Mr Bleijie said.
He again acknowledged there would be a
transition period where some law abiding riders could be
caught up as police work to nab bikie criminals.
"There is going to be a level of
inconvenience," he said.
"As we all get pulled over for random
breath tests, when you get screened at the airport, there is
a level of inconvenience.
"The feedback I'm getting from motorcycle
riders (is) they are happy for a period of time to undergo
that period of inconvenience if we are getting the bad guys
off the street."
A lawyer who acts for members of unnamed
outlaw bikie gangs on Monday said he'd mount a High Court
challenge to the new anti-bikie laws as soon as possible,
arguing they are unconstitutional.
Peter Shields says the laws have been so
poorly crafted that clients of his have been left with no
process by which they could satisfy police they'd severed
their gang links.
"Someone from the government, who is
responsible for this legislation, needs to put in writing
what it is a bikie must do so they're no longer considered a
bikie," Mr Shields said.