Do we need to crack down more on bikies or ease off?

There’s no denying motorcycle gang have a formidable presence but for the most part, our society co-exists with bikies who
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There’s no denying motorcycle gang have a formidable presence but for the most part, our society co-exists with bikies who often are simply riding along.

But there are renewed calls to crackdown even further on outlawed motorcycle gangs, particularly in Queensland, where there’s already a tough stance on bikies.

This week the state government agreed to adopt some of the 60 recommendations contained in the Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation’s report and promised to consider the rest, although right now they’re not sure how it will work.

If you remember when the bikie laws were introduced several years ago in the Sunshine state, former Premier Campbell Newman was threatened by the gangs who said they had his address.

His harsh laws led to the jailing of several bikers, and was met with a mixed reaction by the public.

According to Sky News, the QLD government will introduce a new serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation, which will make sure offenders face mandatory jail time and when released are placed on a control order, similar to those used in anti-terrorism legislation.

The existing anti-association laws, which stop three of more criminal bikies from being in public together, are going to be replaced by reducing it to two.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk would not say whether the new law meant bikies without criminal convictions could gather in large groups wearing gang colours.

‘I want to see the people who commit crimes go to prison – that’s what I want to see,’ Ms Palaszczuk said on Tuesday.

Ms Palaszczuk said she would travel to Sydney with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to discuss NSW’s anti-bikie laws with Premier Mike Baird and NSW Commissioner Andrew Scipione to ensure uniformity between states.

But LNP member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek says if the proposed changes go through, outlaw motorcycle gangs will run rampant in outrage, reports the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“They may not be allowed to wear colours but they are intimidating by their very presence,” Mr Langbroek said. “They will be able to masquerade as doing a nice charity run like the Rebels do and tell me, when you see 150 of them riding through a community that that is not intimidating by itself.

“What it means is 50 bikies could wander down to a Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise restaurant and police would not have the power to stop them from doing it.”

But when asked about the threat to society, Ms Palaszczuk said, “Outlaw motorcycle gang members comprise only a portion of the threat that criminal organisations pose in this state.

“Queenslanders deserve to know that their safety is protected by strong laws — operationally strong enough to combat every form of organised crime and legally strong enough to secure convictions that won’t be overturned”.

Tell us, do you think the bikie laws are too tough or not tough enough?


  1. Nope make em tougher – bikies are just thugs with transport.

    • Pamela  

      If there are any criminals on startsat60 does that mean we are all criminals?

    • I’m sorry but I think we have more of a problem with radical religious groups than bikies. The best and most honest mechanic I ever had was the President (maybe it was the Secretary) of a 1%’er motor cycle “gang”. Often I’d buy him a bottle of Bourbon as I felt for the work he’d done on my vehicle I was robbing him not he robbing me. Sadly he went to work for someone and closed down his own business. He was a fantastic bloke.

  2. Diana  

    If there is any sign of a weakening of the laws regarding bikies, they will be back with bells on! Make the laws as tough as you can. They are thugs and deserve no quarter. The recreational riders are obvious to the police and they have no cause to worry.

  3. If you’ve gone over most of this before then forgive the re-hash. I’m new to this forum stuff. Motorcycle riders are in a sense a different breed. It’s fun! The same as white water rafting, rock climbing and skydiving is fun. However you need to understand the difference between bikers and bikies. Weekend boy racers, “scratchers” (or donor cyclists as the Ambo’s call them) are a different problem entirely!! And the difference between a social club, a marque club and an outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) – or patch club. The bikies; the OMG; the one percenters the “law” will tell you are the ones targeted as alleged criminals and drug dealers etc, these the “Patch” clubs are well known – especially to those targeting them Bikers are the rest. The commuters; and the true social clubs of friends who enjoy tinkering, riding, camping – food and drink meetings – are generally supposed as harmless, except if you have an aversion to verbal diarrhoea. Add to that any snobbery of a single brand (marque) and you are talking tea-cups and lifted pinkies, as well. People in fear of a “horde” of motorcyclists may congratulate themselves on their survival instinct, yet in the vast majority of cases, if they could be a fly on the wall, they would be impressed, amused or even bored at the normality of the boys and girls of all ages who have just been bitten by a motorcycle bug. The OMG clubs rarely ride en-masse except for well publicised events. Illegal activities I suggest prefer the cloak of sneak and normality and they are probably driving down the street right next to you; or in front; or behind – or coming towards. The thing is – let the Parliament make the laws; let the Police enforce the law and catch them; let the judicial system try and sentence them; let the prison authorities keep safe and rehabilitate them (we wish!!) and then the parole system will let them go. Simple huh. If you want to get fair dinkum triple the sentences, make sure the full sentence is served and contrary to what any bleeding heart “liberal” might say, impose mandatory rehabilitation. Want to stop drug dealers and drug sellers – stop the drug problem. Stop the demand. Simple huh. The criminals will just turn to something else, like they always do. Don’t believe me? Google “American prohibition Period”. Criminality is a way of life. So is being a motorcyclist, for some. The trouble for me is when some people combine the two.

  4. Gareth Davis  

    It is a breach of human rights to tar everyone with the same brush. Sure criminal elements hide within organisations. As Fitzgerald revealed a couple of decades ago some hide within our police force. Let’s focus on investigating actual crimes and prosecuting the perpetrators rather than wasting resources harassing the multitude.

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