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Tassie ‘bikie’ law to outlaw clothing and jewellery

Tasmania is planning to follow other states with consorting laws that specify motorcycle clubs as outlaw organisations and their clothing, badges, patches and jewellery as illegal. The Liberal Government’s Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill being debated in Parliament today (20 September 2018) would ban outlaw motorcycle gang “colours”. It is a similar ban to …

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Bikie vilification ‘hurts all riders’ – IRG

Bikies have long been fighting police discrimination and resultant public vilification as the above 1970s Brisbane bikie protest photo shows, but in recent years they have faced tougher laws including even associating with them. Now the vilification is stepping up as Tasmania and Victoria appear set to toughen anti-association laws. Longtime motorcycle campaigner, Motorcycle Riders …

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Did the ‘anti-bikie’ laws really work?

The tough, so-called anti-bikie VLAD laws in Queensland have not been the success the police claim they are, according to a crime expert. Queensland Police formed the anti-bikie unit, Task Force Maxima, after the VLAD laws were introduced, giving them greater powers. The Task Force has so far seized $13 million in drugs. That sounds like …

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How do new laws affect innocent riders?

A new Bill replacing Queensland’s so-called VLAD “anti-bikie” laws indicates there is less chance of innocent riders accidentally consorting at a Toy Run, charity event or shop ride. These new laws were passed on Tuesday night with support from members of the Katter’s Australian Party who were concerned about law-abiding riders being targeted by police. The …

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Riders still living in police state

Queensland riders are still living in a police state where they could be harassed, detained, charged and imprisoned for looking like a bikie and/or associating with them. When elected in January 2015, the new Labor Government promised a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission review of the controversial so-called VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment) Laws by …

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Anti-bikie laws grow despite failure

South Australia is set to introduce anti-bikie laws similar to Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Associates Disestablishment (VLAD) laws, despite those laws failing. The only person so far convicted under the former Queensland Government’s VLAD laws is Joshua Robin Rohl who smuggled $16m worth of cannabis on commercial flights between Melbourne and Brisbane. In 18 months of …

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Bikie builders still in dark on new laws

Builders who are also members of declared criminal bikie clubs will lose their jobs from July unless they quit the club. However, the Queensland Government has yet to detail how the licensing restrictions will work and how the builders have to prove they are no longer club members. That is despite postponing the licensing restrictions …

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Freedom Ride gathers rider support

More than 5000 riders are expected to attend the Last Stand Freedom Ride to Canberra to protest various state anti-association and consorting laws on December 1. Organiser Dale Maggs says support for the rally has gathered pace since last Friday’s High Court verdict to reject the application by the United Motorcycle Clubs to throw out Queensland’s …

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High Court rejects appeal against anti-bikie laws

The High Court of Australia has rejected an appeal against Queensland’s “anti-bikie” laws, including the Orwellian Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) Act. However, more challenges to the laws are expected to be mounted. The man who drafted the appeal against Queensland’s draconian “anti-bikie” laws says it will take some time to distill the long and complex …

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VLAD laws expected to be quashed

The man who drafted the appeal against Queensland’s draconian “anti-bikie” VLAD laws believes they will be quashed late today. Honorary legal counsel for the United Motorcycle Clubs in Queensland and NSW, Barrister Wayne Baffsky, says he’s “praying” that the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws will be overturned, but is concerned about precedence regarding a …

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