Category: Anti-Biker Laws

SA Election: Attorney General Denounces the World as Dangerous!

It’s election time in South Australia and the Attorney General/Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Michael Atkinson is on the warpath hunting for mice and other mediocre targets to take on. Will you be next?

Gamers threaten me: Atkinson

Danielle Forsyth: Independent Weekly | February 16, 2010

http://www.independentweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/gamers-threaten-me-atkinson/1752321.aspx

Attorney General Michael Atkinson has launched an attack at the Gamers4Croydon party, saying he believes gamers in general are pose a higher personal danger than the outlaw motorcycle gangs he has worked so hard to legislate against.

“I feel my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from outlaw …

Finks send letter to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson

Sean Fewster, Court Reporter: The Advertiser | January 29, 2009

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24979443-5006301,00.html

POLICE are wasting $3 million a year policing a bikie club “made up of grandfathers, union members and gainfully-employed people”, the Finks have claimed.

In a letter to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the outlaw group says it is “not in the public interest” to spend time and money banning their organisation “whilst other areas of (the police) are seeking additional men and equipment”.

It says the Rann Government’s push to impose criminal sanctions on its membership is based on incorrect and misdirected evidence – some of it decades out of …

Adelaide’s gangsters must go

Doug Robertson, Police Reporter: The Advertiser | October 06, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24451792-5006301,00.html

GUN-WIELDING “gangsters” are making the city unsafe and their haunts must be shut down immediately, Adelaide Lord Mayor Michael Harbison says.

In the wake of yesterday’s dramatic early morning shooting in Gouger St where a person was wounded and a bystander injured, Mr Harbison has challenged the State Government to institute the “clean-up”.

While Mr Harbison wants businesses to bring back a feeling of community safety, political leaders called for a greater police presence on the beat. [more …]


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City Shooter was Iraqi Refugee – NOT “Bikies” as Claimed by Government and Media

Gouger St shooter ‘an Iraqi Gulf War vet’, Adelaide court told

Sean Fewster, Court Reporter: The Advertiser | September 30, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24424240-2682,00.html

THE man charged over a shootout in Gouger St is a former Iraqi Army corporal and weapons expert with “extensive” ties to organised crime, a court has heard.

A prosecutor today alleged Gulf War veteran Ahmed Al-Khafaji fled interstate after the city shooting in May and tried to disguise himself with new tattoos and false identities in NSW and Victoria.

His defence teams rubbished those claims, saying Al Khafaji was an Iraqi refugee and tiler who voluntarily surrendered …

‘Secret’ police to use fake IDs

Nigel Hunt: The Advertiser | September 20, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24377910-5006301,00.html

POLICE will have the power to create false identity documents for undercover operatives under new laws to be introduced in South Australia.

And for the first time, the identities of the undercover police officers will remain secret during court processes to prevent reprisals from criminals they help to apprehend.

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, who will introduce the legislation into Parliament this week, said the new laws would help police fight organised crime “from the inside”.

“These laws will help expose drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal weapons trading and gang violence – including …

Police ready to apply for bike clubs to be outlawed

Daniel Wills: The Advertiser | September 04, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24293389-5006301,00.html

POLICE say they are ready to take imminent action to outlaw criminal bike gangs after tough new State Government legislation came into effect today.

The Serious and Organised Crime Act allows Police Commissioner Mal Hyde to apply to Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to outlaw individual gangs and place severe restrictions on their members.

Assistant Police Commissioner Tony Harrison this afternoon said police had been gathering information for some time and would soon move against the gangs.

“A lot of preparatory work has been ongoing and I wouldn’t anticipate it would be too …

Vic Police chief bags SA bikie laws

The Advertiser | June 26, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23923536-5006301,00.html

VICTORIA’S police chief is warning SA’s tough new anti-bikie gang laws will lead to increased conflict between police and bikies and drive them underground.
Police Commissioner Christine Nixon says the laws will “merely drive the visible appearance of organised motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) underground, where the criminal activity will continue to function”.

“Rather than displacing OMCG organised crime activity from SA, it is likely the new laws will increase police-OMCG conflict,” she said.

“Victoria Police does not support proposals intended to deal with OMCG members in a similar manner to that of terrorist groups …

“Bikie Laws” Not Draconian Enough for Liberals

Bikie laws ‘must cover prisons’

Nigel Hunt: The Advertiser | June 22, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23901839-5006301,00.html

THE Opposition [Liberal Party] wants new legislation aimed at stopping bikies from associating to cover their activities in the state’s prisons.

Opposition correctional services spokesman David Wade said revelations in the Sunday Mail last week of gang brawls indicated the Government was not effectively managing gang members inside prison.

“Labor is keen to lock people up – it needs to give more attention to effectively managing prisoners while they are in prison,” he said.

“The situation is unacceptable and it is only going to get worse …

Gypsy Jokers gather for funeral that will soon be illegal

Colin James, Legal Affairs Editor: The Advertiser | June 18, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23883992-2682,00.html

GYPSY Jokers from across Australia have gathered in Adelaide for a funeral which would be illegal under new anti-bikie laws introduced by the State Government.

The bikies were farewelling club president Wayne “Chiller” McGrath, 42, a father of four and part-owner of four tattoo parlours, who suffered a fatal heart attack last week while exercising on a treadmill at his Virginia home.

His sudden death prompted public tributes from Gypsy Jokers members nationally and overseas, including the US, Germany, South Africa and Norway.

More than 300 people – …

Bikie gang law in force today

The Advertiser | June 08, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23828355-2682,00.html

THE first stage of the State Government’s three-pronged legislative attack on outlaw bikie gangs and their associates comes into force today.

Gang members involved in brawls or those threatening witnesses will be charged with new offences under the Public Order Offences Act, which carries penalties of up to 10 years’ jail or fines of up to $10,000.

The new charges available to police are riot, affray and violent disorder.

They have been designed specifically to target offenders who have previously escaped justice because of witness intimidation or situations in which witnesses – such …

Bikers Fight Back Against SA’s Draconian Laws

Bikie gangs form fund to mount High Court challenge

Colin James, Legal Affairs Editor: The Advertiser | May 22, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23744533-5006301,00.html

MAJOR bikie gangs have formed a fighting fund to mount a High Court challenge against controversial laws aimed at driving them out of the state.

The Hells Angels, Finks, Rebels and Gypsy Jokers have told their lawyers – including several Queen’s Counsel – to join to overturn the laws, passed by State Parliament despite widespread criticism from lawyers and civil libertarians.

The Advertiser has confirmed the gangs have begun raising funds to ensure the country’s best constitutional experts can …

Lawyer says bikie gangs will fight SA laws

ABC | May 23, 2008

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/05/23/2253504.htm?section=justin

A barrister says bikie gangs are uniting to challenge the South Australian Government’s anti-gangs legislation.

New laws to take effect from July will let authorities restrict association and declare gangs illegal.

Barrister Craig Caldicott says groups are putting aside differences and plan to fund a High Court challenge.

“A number of the groups are talking,” he said.

“You must bear in mind that not just bikies but it’s any group that the Attorney-General and the Commissioner of Police target.

“Probably (Premier) Mr Rann and (Attorney-General) Mr Atkinson have done better to unite the groups …

Draconian Laws to ‘Squash’ Bikers & Everyone Else Along With Them

Law passed to ‘squash’ bikies

Joanna Vaughan, Political Reporter: The Advertiser | May 08, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23662466-2682,00.html

POLICE soon will have the power to “squash” bikie gangs and force them to move elsewhere after the Government’s controversial anti-bikie legislation passed through Parliament last night.
Police Minister Paul Holloway said SA was on the verge of having the nation’s and perhaps the world’s toughest anti-bikie laws.

“These are the laws that police have asked for and, finally, we are able to ensure police have exactly what they need to take on these criminal bikie gangs,” he said.

When the laws are gazetted,