Category: South Australia

Adelaide City Council Donates $65 Grand to Islam – Where’s Creativity’s $$$?

Council grant for mosque work

ABC | Jun 17, 2008

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/17/2276785.htm

Australia’s oldest mosque is getting a $65,000 grant from Adelaide City Council to fund the repairs to one of its minarets.

The mosque in Gilbert Street in the city was built in the late 1880s, with minarets added in 1903.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison says it is the first time the Council has funded refurbishment work on a mosque.

“This money allocated will restore the fourth minaret of the mosque to its former glory and give us what really is a beautiful building, very important to the Islamic community …

“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 – …

Minister for Multicultural Affairs goes Bonkers

Atkinson blasts senior magistrate as ‘daft’ and ‘delusional’

Jamie Walker: The Advertiser | June 13, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23856671-5006301,00.html

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Michael Atkinson has called a senior magistrate “daft” and “delusional” for calling for jail overcrowding to be factored into sentencing.

The ferocity of the criticism from Mr Atkinson, of deputy chief magistrate Andrew Cannon yesterday stunned the Adelaide legal community.

Mr Atkinson’s office was on the back foot last night to justify his language, and some of the grounds he had used to blast Dr Cannon, who is an adjunct professor of law and the state’s senior mining warden.

Mr Atkinson launched …

Constable charged over 1985 child sex

The Advertiser | June 12, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23853560-5006301,00.html

A POLICE Community Constable has been arrested by detectives from the Pedophile Task Force over child sex offences allegedly committed more than 20 years ago.

The Pennington man, 59, was arrested at his home early today and charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, unlawful detention, and failing to supply food, clothing and shelter to a minor.

The alleged offences occurred in 1985, before the man was appointed a Community Constable.

The man has been bailed to appear in court in September.

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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,