The only sitting state politician to attend our rally today has issued a press release pledging his support to our cause.
This is his press release:
The United Australia Party’s Queensland Leader Dr Alex Douglas says the party will oppose new bikie laws in Queensland which will enable police to stop motorcyclists in groups of at least three.
Dr Douglas made the announcement after listening to recreational motorcyclists attending a rally at Canungra this morning, who say the laws discriminate against them as the government cracks down on outlawed motorcycle gangs.
Dr Douglas says the new laws will have a huge affect on the economies of regional towns including Gold Coast Hinterland areas which have hundreds of recreational motorcyclists through each week.
“We can’t afford these ridiculous laws and I question if they are for public safety or for Campbell Newman’s re-election prospects?” he said.
“These ramped up anti-association laws are directly targeting one of the LNP’s four pillars, tourism, which Campbell Newman’s LNP loudly promoted at the 2012 election.
“It now turns out to be nothing more than rhetoric.
“Recreational bike riders spend on average eight times what caravaners spend in our regional towns.
“The laws won’t stop bikies from illegal gangs or reduce drug trafficking but they will hit the small businesses in country towns where recreational motorcyclists visit such as Canungra, a popular spot each weekend, and other Hinterland towns.”
Dr Douglas, the only Member of Parliament to attend the rally, was warmly applauded by about 100 motorcyclists who are opposed to the proposed laws.
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