Lawyer may run for State Parliament against bikie law

Rockhampton criminal lawyer Doug Winning is looking to run in the next State election against the "draconian" bikie legislation and "neo-Nazi politics" of the Newman government.
Rockhampton criminal lawyer Doug Winning is looking to run in the next State election against the "draconian" bikie legislation and "neo-Nazi politics" of the Newman government. Amy Formosa

ROCKHAMPTON criminal lawyer Doug Winning says it is time for the ordinary citizen to take a stance against the "draconian" bikie legislation and "neo-Nazi politics" of the Newman government.

Mr Winning said in light of two recent incidents where innocent citizens, who were bikers, felt "harassed" by police acting under the government's new bikie laws, he was considering running for the seat of Rockhampton at the next state election.

"It is time for the rednecks to be removed, bag and baggage," Mr Winning said.

The lawyer, who has represented bikies in the past, said he was perturbed when he heard about Townsville motorcyclists saying they were harassed while on their way to the funeral of a 70-year-old woman.

ABC reported yesterday the riders were customers and business partners of a local Townsville motorcycle shop.

The group said it was not associated with any bikie clubs but was pulled up by police as soon as it started the short journey.

Police had allegedly been filming the men beforehand.

Meanwhile, The Bundaberg Mail reported that participants of last month's charity motorcycle ride Bumz on Bikes cancer fundraiser felt they had been classed as criminal motorcycle gang members, following the degree of police presence at the event.

The police asked event organisers for registration forms so they could check if there were any "criminals" at the event.

"The extremism of this government is so manifest that the ordinary citizen like myself should enter into the political debate and where appropriate run for public office to nullify the excursion into the neo-Nazi politics," Mr Winning said.

He said he did not expect to be elected and his preferences would go to the LNP last and Labor second to last.

"It's got to stop but it's not going to with the Labor Party and Member for Rockhampton Mr Bill Byrne voting for the legislation," Mr Winning said.

"I will probably only get a few hundred votes but those preferences won't go to LNP or ALP."

The "non-aligned" lawyer said Labor had shifted right on the political spectrum, while the LNP had shifted far, far right.

"We are a tolerant society but extreme politics is not acceptable or tolerated in Australia."

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