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Rebels bikie hopes VLAD quashed in High Court today

REBEL WITH A CAUSE: Senior Rockhampton Rebels bikie member Brendan O’Brien in a Morning Bulletin file photo.
REBEL WITH A CAUSE: Senior Rockhampton Rebels bikie member Brendan O’Brien in a Morning Bulletin file photo. File Photo

AS QUEENSLAND'S controversial anti-bikie laws come under scrutiny in the High Court today, Rockhampton Rebels' senior bikie Brendan O'Brien will be hoping for a quick outcome.

But he won't be waiting with his fellow bikie members.

"I just want to be able to hang around with whoever I want," Mr O'Brien said of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment legislation's ban on members of bikie gangs meeting in public.

"The laws I don't have a problem with.

"At least it's going to seven people (judges) who've got a bit of a brain.

"I hope they... make a quick decision."

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Mr O'Brien likened the Rebels and other bikie gangs to football clubs, saying they were meant to be based on mateship.

He said that did not mean every club member should be held responsible for other bikies breaking the law.

Mr O'Brien condemned the legislation for wasting millions of dollars to jail a handful of bikies and punishing all bikies and putting their families under scrutiny, instead of targeting criminals in the clubs.

"But that's not up to me to clean up their act," he said.

"I paid my own debt."

Mr O'Brien doesn't make any excuses for his murky past, having been jailed on drugs charges in 2006.

About 900g of amphetamines worth $270,000 was found in two jars on a property next door to Mr O'Brien's Parkhurst home.

"You go to jail and do your own time. (But) when you're me, you don't stop doing your time," he said, referring to the VLAD legislation.

Mr O'Brien believes the Queensland Government will abuse the legislation when the G20 summit is held in Brisbane and label any protest groups of three or more members as illegal organisations to jail them. "They bought (the legislation) in for bikies, but it's not," Mr O'Brien said.

"It's more sinister than that."

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