Motorcyclists Australia Party stalls

The Motorcyclists Australia Party has now achieved the required 500 signatures to get the party started, but it could be stillborn for the lack of committee members. Founder Paul Keyworth says the Australian Electoral Commission requires 10 committee members before it can confirm party status. It seems strange in this environment of the Queensland Government’s …

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Top cop toy run the last

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will not ride in any more toy runs. The Commissioner took part in the Ipswich Toy Run on Sunday that attracted more than 800 bikes. The event, run by the Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club, came under fire from some critics claiming the Commissioner would turn it into a …

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Bikie crackdown affects returned riders

Returned bikers are being discouraged from buying motorcycles as a result of the Queensland Government’s crackdown on bikies, according to outspoken Toowoomba motorcycle dealer Boyd Yung. He says he’s definitely missed out on some bike sales, but thinks it is mainly returning middle-aged riders. “Motorcyclists who have always ridden motorcycles will say ‘up yours’ and …

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Ipswich toy run goes ahead as planned with top cop

The 17th annual Ipswich Toy Run will go ahead tomorrow as planned despite rumours it had been cancelled because Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will take part. Social media has been alive with rumours saying that the “political stunt” had caused the toy run to be cancelled. However, organiser and Ulysses Lockyer Branch secretary Ian …

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Business card & ‘TCB’ patch in VLAD ‘haul’

So far, only 10 charges have been laid under Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Associates Disestablishment (VLAD) Act and various amendments to other laws … and a “TCB” patch confiscated. Deputy Police Commissioner Brett Pointing seems to think that is the measure of success that justifies the draconian laws which have stomped on the civil rights of …

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Even BMW riders affected by bikie crackdown

In a room full of leather-vested Queensland motorcycle club members, who do you think the guy in shorts represents? Give yourself an elephant stamp if you said the BMW Motorcycle Club of Queensland! Yes, the man in shorts at the meeting this week of motorcycle clubs and the Police Minister and Police Commissioner was, indeed, …

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‘Logical flaw’ in ride register

There is a “logical flaw” in the Queensland Police voluntary ride register, according to the Australian Motorcycle Council. The online and phone register has so far attracted 15 clubs to register 25 rides with the police to avoid being harassed or intercepted by the police. However, AMC representative Tony Ellis has pointed out what he …

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Tales of harassment documented

A Brisbane woman, angry with the VLAD Act, has started collecting documentation of harassment of motorcycle riders. Catherine Bond says that in the 36 hours since setting up a Google website form to collect stories of harassment, she has several anecdotes of harassment that have made her “angry”. Click here for the form. “I was …

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Anti-bikie police action a ‘minor inconvenience’?

A Brisbane motorcycle mechanic was made to take off his shirt on a busy roadside during a recent police ID check. Oz-Racing owner and mechanic Ozzy Graf says he was humiliated having to take off his shirt to prove to police he had no “incriminating” bikie tattoos. Meanwhile, mums drove by with their children after …

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Anti-bikie laws cost industry $5m/week

Motorcycle businesses in Queensland are losing $5m a week in trade as the government’s crackdown on bikies places up to 10,000 jobs at risk. According to Australian Motorcycle Business Chamber founder Travis Windsor, there are 1500 motorcycle-related businesses in Queensland that turn over $1 billion a year and employ more than 10,000 people. “Since the …

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