A FISHERMAN with a bikie past who catches an undersized fish could potentially face jail as the Newman Government fortifies legislation designed to drive criminal motorcycle gangs from Queensland.
Parliament passed a raft of tough amendments late Tuesday night which could see any bikie gang members - past or present - jailed for almost any offence.
The amendments have further widened the power of the Government's anti-gang laws legislation as criminal lawyers warn it will see innocent people behind bars.
The Government will also expand the licensing regime to ban criminal motorcycle gang members from having or applying for licenses across a range of industries including liquor, security (including locksmiths), tow truck, building and construction, pawnbroking, second-hand motor dealers and bookmakers.
However, prominent criminal lawyer Bill Potts, of Potts Lawyers, warned the amendments applied to any person who "has at any time been, a participant in a criminal organisation" and applied to indictable, simple or regulatory offences.
Please don't say if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear. And, please don't say that no policeman ever acts without prejudice, fear or favour. Queensland is generating poisonous legislation and the poison is spreading throughout the nation.
If you do not want Australia to become a police state, be at a parliament house near you this Sunday morning and make an appointment to see your local MP. In Victoria MP's contacts are at: