POLICE have gone into damage
control after revelations that a bikie gang
is moving into South Australia and the
number of people joining gangs is rising.
About 40 people
have joined bikie gangs in South Australia since
the High Court ruled that parts of the Rann
government's anti-association law, targeting
outlawed motorcycle gangs, were invalid last
clubrooms have also reopened and the Comancheros
motorcycle club is reportedly opening an
Adelaide operation after recruiting members of
violent street gang the New Boys there.
commissioner Grant Stevens said motorcycle gangs
had been recruiting in the state over the past
information that there is a particular outlaw
motorcycle gang looking for premises and I don't
intend to elaborate on that any further."
He said the Crime
Gangs Task Force had made about 900 arrests
Australian government has promoted its "tough on
crime" stance heavily and it was the first state
to introduce the anti-association laws, followed
Parts of the laws
in both jurisdictions have since been ruled
invalid by the High Court.
NSW police last
week called for a national approach to dealing
Western Sydney policing specialist and former
organised crime detective Michael Kennedy said
the nationalisation of anti-association laws
should not be pursued as it would turn bikie
gangs into "dangerous cults".
"I understand the
sentiment of people looking for a national law .
. . but what's probably lost in the debate is
we're in a federation for good reasons and
there's something fairly troubling with police
in one state telling people in another state
what to do," Dr Kennedy said.
Revelations of the
bikie resurgence in South Australia have come
after notorious West Australian Finks motorcycle
club member Troy Mercanti fled across three
states on his release from prison. He is
believed to be in NSW.