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Thursday, 26 June 2014

ANTI-ASSOCIATION LAWS IN VIC

Without any need for further evidence!
 
Does this mean motorcycle clubs and organisations
will have to do ID/background checks before accepting
a membership? What mechanism is there to have a
club unlisted once it is put on the "criminal" list?
 
Without further evidence!
 
Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesman
Independent Riders Group
Melbourne
 
Mr CLARK — The legislation we are introducing 
will also include further measures to tackle criminal
bikie and similar gangs who are involved in drug
trafficking and other crimes. A court will be able to
make an order to ban these gangs or restrict their
operations where a gang or its members are engaged in
any offences punishable by five years or more
imprisonment and an order is necessary or desirable to
protect community safety or prevent a threat to public
order.

These laws will also stop gang members escaping the
law by quitting one gang and patching over to another,
as we have seen happen in Queensland in recent times.
Restrictions will apply to gang members even if they
quit a gang, and if two or more members from a
declared organisation join another gang, their new gang
will automatically be deemed to be involved in serious
criminal activity without need for further evidence.

Individuals subject to control orders will also be banned
from ownership of firearms, and any other members of
declared organisations will be presumed not to be fit
and proper persons able to hold firearms. On top of that,
the legislation will strengthen the powers of the chief
examiner to conduct compulsory examinations of
persons who are believed to have information about
organised crime gang offences.
The coalition government introduced Victoria’s first
anti-bikie gang laws after the previous government
refused to do so. We are now moving to strengthen
those laws even further. We are picking up on a
growing body of experience interstate — in Queensland
and other jurisdictions — as well as drawing on a
growing body of Victoria Police experience in tackling
these crimes. Unlike the Labor government, a coalition
government is not going to allow Victoria to become
the soft underbelly of bikie gang crime in Victoria. The
laws we are going to be introducing to the house are a
further demonstration that this government is
committed to strong action to tackle criminal bikie
gangs, drug traffickers and other purveyors of misery
and death around this state.


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