Byrne gives Anzac Day warning for motorcycle enthusiasts
MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne says the enforcement of bikie laws on ANZAC Day could lead to confrontation.
His comments come after Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie promised to maintain the fight against bikies, even on ANZAC Day, in an open letter published on APN websites.
"It's not a national secret that there are a number of ex-servicemen who have been, or are, a member of motorcycle groups of various types," Mr Byrne said. "That has been the case for decades."
Mr Byrne, a former soldier, said he didn't understand why Mr Bleijie raised the issue of ANZAC Day and called on police to exercise their normal tolerance for the day's celebrations.
"For police to go to any of the ceremonies... and attempt to arrest members of those associations during ANZAC Day, I could not think of a more confrontational set of circumstances.
"That would be very ill advised in my opinion," he said.
"They've got 364 days to prosecute this legislation and mount this argument and do whatever needs to be done, or not done.
"I don't think ANZAC Day is the day to have the Queensland Police Service going and kicking the door in on infantry battalion association gatherings in order to arrest supposed bikies or their associates. Commonsense should prevail."