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Police PR blitz on VLAD Act

Queensland Police have been visiting social motorcycle clubs to explain the VLAD Act and placate riders in a statewide PR blitz. We caught up with the police in Townsville on a recent ride to the HOG Rally in Cairns and they confirmed they had been visiting riding clubs. It’s part of a statewide PR blitz …

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Lane Splitting

Lane filtering, rider controls, helmet standards

Motorcycle lane filtering, common sense rules on having your hands and feet on the bars and footpegs, and international helmet standards could soon be adopted in Queensland. The proposals are being put forward in a discussion paper by Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson tomorrow. It comes after recent changes in NSW lane-filtering laws. It also …

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Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy does Harley ‘no harm’

Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates has responded to claims by fellow star Mark Boone Jr that the show “saved Harley”. “Boone and I did this great Hollywood Reporter story and Boone screams out, ‘’We basically saved Harley.’ And I went, ‘Oh god, that’s going to come back and bite you in your big fat …

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High Court challenge to VLAD Act

Australia’s High Court will be asked to overturn more than a dozen sections of the Newman Government’s VLAD Act and “anti-bikie” legislation. The first challenge to the laws was lodged in Brisbane at noon today. Among the attacks on the validity of the laws, the challenge will contest the anti-association legislation used to arrest Brisbane …

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VLAD Act: Rocker Classic Motorcycles

‘Olive branch’ for VLAD Act injustices

http://youtu.be/IcZqIrI4y4I   An “olive branch” should be offered to recreational motorcycle riders for the inconvenience and injustice of the VLAD Act and the “over-reaching” by police in the early stages of Queensland’s  anti-bikie laws, says a Brisbane motorcycle business operator. Matt Jones, owner of Rocker Classic Motorcycles, Nundah, says he has asked his local Member, …

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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Bikie laws repealed ‘under Labor Government’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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By-election a chance to protest VLAD Act

Voters will have their first democratic opportunity to “speak out against the madness” tomorrow (Feb 8). It’s the by-election in the Brisbane-based Federal seat of Griffith vacated by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. While it’s a Federal by-election, some voters may choose to cast a protest vote against the current Queensland Government, especially the anti-association …

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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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Motorcycle riders denied accommodation amid bikie fears

The Queensland Government crackdown on declared criminal motorcycle clubs is worrying tourism operators and officials. One tourism operator even believes accommodation providers are turning away bikers for fear of losing other customers scared of their appearance. At a recent meeting in Warwick of South East Queensland tourism bureaucrats, local government officials, the RACQ and tourism …

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