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Motorcyclists converge on parliament to protest VLAD laws

SUNSHINE Coast bikers rallying against the State Government's anti-bikie laws say they don't expect to be troubled by police as they converge on Parliament House this morning.

About 2000 riders are expected to descend on Brisbane to protest against the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act.

Protesters are expected to come from all over the state, from as far north as Townsville.

Premier Campbell Newman says the laws are designed to crack down on organised criminal organisations, but have been slammed by civil libertarians and riders as draconian and heavy handed.

Today's protest is being organised by the Liberal Democratic Party Queensland in conjunction with motorcycle clubs, the Queensland Council of Civil Libertarians and the Electrical Trades Union.

"These laws go well beyond their stated aim of targeting organised crime," LDP president Gabe Buckley said.

"They are so broad and so ill-designed they can be used against any people in the state on a whim of the minister at the time.

"There's no judicial oversight and no recourse once your organisation has been listed under these laws.

"It's basically undoing 400 years of law. It reverses the burden of proof."

Mr Buckley said he had liaised with police and was not expecting riders to be harassed.

He urged all riders to be alcohol-free and their bikes to be roadworthy to avoid any police involvement.

"We've informed police of where we're coming from and we don't believe there will be any disruption," he said.

The Sunshine Coast protest will leave from the BP service station at Forest Glen on the highway at 7.30am.

Meanwhile, a Sunshine Coast charity ride went off without incident yesterday, despite fears police would target it.

The event aimed to raise funds for 20-year-old Lucy McGrail who is suffering Lyme disease.

The ride was to be a 200km trek from Boreen Point to Kin Kin, however, it was shortened due to the wet weather. Organiser Marc Revere said the day was a success with the only dampener being the weather.

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