Doug Winning to wage a legal battle this Anzac day
DOUG Winning is ready to wage a legal battle this Anzac Day.
The Rockhampton criminal lawyer has vowed to defend pro-bono any war veteran or family member arrested tomorrow under the Newman Government's anti-bikie laws.
He was responding to comments from Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, who reportedly said that bikies or their known associates who contravened the laws could be arrested when ceremonial duties were completed.
"Historically, Anzac Day is a day where political and philosophical differences are cast aside and we hold ourselves in reverential respect for those who fought for our freedom," Mr Winning said.
"For the Newman Government, through their Police Commissioner, to be making statements of this kind desecrates the spirit of the Anzac tradition.
"To try to make political benefit from Anzac Day is just so deplorable it is beyond belief."
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said yesterday that the QPS was committed to preserving the traditions of Anzac Day and would not disrupt events to target any groups.
"However, police will not tolerate acts of violence or criminal activity which threaten to tarnish this special day, which honours the ultimate sacrifice made by many brave Australians."
Mr Winning said his family was steeped in military tradition; his grandfather Charles having fought on Flanders Field in the First World War (see above).
He said he was prepared to represent for free anyone arrested under the bikie laws, even to the High Court of Australia.
"I attend the dawn service every year as a mark of respect for our fallen and for those who fought for the very freedoms that Mr Newman is trying to take away from us," he said.