An alleged Mongols gang member
has been arrested in Brisbane for wearing club paraphernalia,
the first person charged for breaching Queensland's revamped
The 44-year-old man was arrested
during a traffic stop at Hamilton around 12.30pm on Friday when he
was allegedly found in possession of two gold rings with symbols
associated with the Mongols, as well as gang colours and other
The arrest is the first under the
Palaszczuk government's revamped Serious and Organised Crime laws,
which replaced the former LNP government's VLAD laws.
Police Minister Mark Ryan claims
that under the previous Newman government's laws, the man would not
have been charged.
"Our Serious and Organised Crime
legislation gives police more powers, not less," Mr Ryan said in a
"These laws have the support of
the police and have been described as being the strongest laws in
Australia to tackle organised crime."
The laws were only passed two
weeks ago during the last sitting of state parliament for the year,
with the LNP arguing the reforms represented a watering down of
their VLAD laws.
"Bikie clubhouses will now reopen,
bikies will be allowed to carry weapons and bikies will once again
be free to run licensed premises," shadow attorney-general Ian
Walker said in a statement after the bill passed.
The Hamilton man will appear in
the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 9 on a charge of wearing a
prohibited item in a public place.