Riders protest the laws at the January 26 rally in Roma St

Bikie laws repealed ‘under Labor Government’

Queensland Parliament has rejected a call for a public inquiry into the VLAD Act and anti-association or anti-bikie laws. The Motion this afternoon claimed the Queensland Government’s “anti-crime gang laws are not workable and, in some cases, are impacting on innocent Queenslanders”. It also referred to Premier Campbell Newman’s comments after the Redcliffe by-election that …

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Sally Kuether

Injustices turn voters against VLAD Act

The tide is turning against the VLAD Act in the wake of recent events such as the six-day jailing of a woman for having a beer with “bikies” while two police officers were granted immediate bail over rape charges. Is it any wonder the Queensland Government now finds its majority waning and that it could …

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Cop ‘more interested in tattoos’ than injured rider

A police officer was more interested in photographing the tattoos of an injured motorcycle rider than helping the man, according to an eyewitness. “The cop might have been more productive trying to find a place to land the helicopter than taking photos of the man’s tattoos,” says the eyewitness, a former police reporter. “On the …

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Dozen best quotes from Freedom Rally against anti-association laws

Thousands attended the Brisbane Freedom Rally against the Queensland Government’s anti-association laws today. A comprehensive series of reports will be posted on MotorbikeWriter over the next few days, together with photo galleries and videos. Meanwhile,  I want to share the dozen best quotes from the speakers at the Roma Street Forum. 1 Peter Wellington, Independent …

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VLAD harassment axed

21st licence check a case of harassment?

A YouTube video of several police harassing a rider at a Beenleigh service station with a protracted licence check is not the end of the story. Fat Boy rider Jamie Evans says that after being held up for about 40 minutes by police in five patrol cars, he was pulled over moments later by a …

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Riders cop abuse in bikie crackdown

A second funeral has been interrupted by police in the crackdown on declared criminal motorcycle clubs. Like the Townsville incident, a recent Ipswich funeral did not involved any bikies, yet it was interrupted by a police office in “stormtrooper” blue gear who photographed the riders attending to honour the deceased wife of a club member. …

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Police ‘harass’ funeral cortege

Police have “harassed” motorcycle riders on their way to the funeral of a 70-year-old woman who died of cancer, according to a Townsville bike shop owner. The riders were also videoed as they escorted the hearse from the funeral parlour to the cemetery, says Townsville Custom Cycles owner Leeroy Donovan. He says his customers are …

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Police advise on registering your ride

Queensland Police are still developing a system to register group rides of 12 or more so innocent riders can avoid unnecessary police intervention and mistaken identity as bikies. This follows a meeting last week between motorcycle representative groups and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and members of Taskforce Maxima. A police spokesman …

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Police wrongly target innocent riders

Senior police experienced in dealing with criminal motorcycle members are having difficulty picking between the innocent and potentially guilty, according to a riders‘ group boss. Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told a group of riders‘ representatives last Thursday that innocent riders were being caught up in the …

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Palmer backs judges over bikies

Outspoken newly elected politician Clive Palmer has rejected financing a High Court appeal against the anti-bikie laws. “I think the way to deal with this matter is by an election,” says the Federal Member for Fisher. Clive has been a vocal defender of the judiciary this week after Premier Campbell Newman attacked judges for not …

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