Qld's bikie laws not stopping criminal activity, says expert
OUTLAW motorcycle gang members are leaving the state and travelling to New South Wales and Tasmania to escape the Queensland Government's "discriminatory" anti-bikie legislation, according to a criminologist.
Criminologist and bikie expert Dr Terry Goldsworthy said he'd seen little evidence that the new laws had disrupted criminal activity across the state.
"Obviously there has been some superficial disruption where they (bikies) can't gather in groups or gather at club houses.
"The question, of course, is how much disruption has been caused to the criminal activity."
Dr Goldsworthy described the anti-bikie legislation as "more punitive than investigative", saying police would still have to rely on the same powers they had before the legislation.
"I don't think the laws are targeting criminal activity, they're targeting bikies for being bikies.
"My sources have told me that Tasmania has seen an increase in the amount of bikies down there because they have very soft laws.
"The police union in New South Wales is also demanding an increase in staff… obviously it's concerned the threat is quite real for bikies moving there."
He said it would be interesting to see if the new laws "held up" if they were challenged in the High Court.
"Lawyers are currently fast-tracking bikie bail applications to the Supreme Court, I think as a method of getting it into the High Court," he said.
"It's interesting when you read polls and things like that, most people think something had to be done about bikies but I don't know that they agree with what has been done to address the issue."
HAS THE NEW BIKIE LEGISLATION GONE TOO FAR?
It's gone way over the top. It's supposed to target crime but it just targets everyone. I still ride my bike though.
It goes without saying. They're the lawmakers but it wouldn't deter me from riding my Harley.
Yes it has. It's not across the board with other criminal activity. They're stereotyping one group.