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BIKER NEWS: Victoria calls for national approach to outlawing bikie gangs

BN- Victoria’s attorney general, Martin Pakula, wants a national approach to outlaw motorcycle gangs, but not one that replicates Queensl...

BN- Victoria’s attorney general, Martin Pakula, wants a national approach to outlaw motorcycle gangs, but not one that replicates Queensland’s stance.


Police have said bikies are moving to Victoria to escape tougher legislation inQueensland, NSW and South Australia.


Pakula said on Monday national consistency was vital to stop criminal gangs grouping in one state, but Queensland’s bikie laws “go too far”.


He said the new Queensland government’s review of its bikie laws would present an opportunity for a national conversation.


The criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle clubs should be dealt with in a similar way to counter-terrorism, he said.


But Queensland bikie laws, which the incoming government believes go too far, would not be replicated in Victoria, he said.


“We’ve had instances there of people being arrested simply for going out for a coffee, librarians, people not wearing any kinds of gang colours,” Pakula said.


He would discuss with police whether there were any gaps in Victoria’s laws.


Police assistant commissioner Stephen Fontana said the approach to bikies would be “enhanced” if there was consistent national legislation.


“It would help stop that displacement effect,” he told Fairfax radio.


Victoria is home to more than 20 outlaw motorcycle gangs, with more than 60 chapters and about 1,500 members.


Fontana said international gangs were also attracted to Australia because they could get a higher price for illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ice.


A kilogram of ice would sell for $US5,600 ($A7,300) in Los Angeles, but for between $A220,000 and $A300,000 in Australia.


“That’s why we’re being targeted,” Fontana said.

More: http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/16/victoria-calls-for-national-approach-to-outlawing-bikie-gangs

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