Russell and Mario Fortunato leave the Southport Magistrates Court.
The comments follow the bombshell acquittal of Peter Mauric
and the subsequent collapse of the second Broadbeach brawl trial this week.
Liberal MPs raised concerns that it would be a ‘catastrophe’
for the bikie laws to be watered-down following the shock decision.
But Grey Norman, the national liaison for the Bandidos
Motorcycle Club, said he trusted the ALP would work through its review of the
VLAD laws in a far more constructive fashion.
“Newman simply seized the opportunity to whip up a political
frenzy and used the Bandido Motorcycle Club as scapegoats to introduce these new
laws,” he said.
from video footage of the Broadbeach bikie brawl. Credit: A Current
“Sadly for all concerned, and in particular the ratepayers,
this ploy was doomed from the start.”
Mr Norman said the acquittal of Peter Mauric illustrated the
grandstanding used by the former government did not reflect what actually
“The Liberal Party member Mr Rob Molhoek suggested yesterday
that to relax the laws would be catastrophic.”
“My response would be to look into the recent conduct of his
own party over the past 12 months before passing judgment.”
Tourism Minister Kate Jones weighed into the debate to
reaffirm the government’s stance while visiting the Gold Coast yesterday.
“At the moment the legislation stands as is and, obviously,
Labor made it clear during the election that we would review that,” she said.
“But we’re zero tolerance when it comes to bikies — the
Premier has been on the record on that many, many times.
“I’ll have some idea (about the government’s intentions) when
it comes to Cabinet.”
Ms Jones said she was not across the detail of the court
results, so could not comment on them.
“Court cases are always done on the merits of the case and I
think people are sick of politicians commenting on the courts,” she said.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath declined to comment on the
Broadbeach brawl cases or any impact on the VLAD law review.
While the second Broadbeach brawl trial unravelled on
Wednesday, another six men are still listed to stand trial in two separate
Those who pleaded guilty in relation to the Broadbeach brawl
and the next five men listed to stand trial will be mentioned in the Brisbane
Magistrates Court on Monday.
Another man from second trial, Tevita Bula, who is yet to
enter a plea will also be mentioned in court on the same day.