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Bundy man's Facebook war on tough new bikie laws

A BUNDABERG man has started a Facebook page to draw attention to the State Government's new bikie laws which he says are unfair and have the potential to target everyday people.

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The "People of Bundaberg against Jack Dempsey and Campbell Newman's bikie laws" page has already attracted almost 100 "likes" since it was started, with locals using it to air concerns over the new laws.

Page admin Ben Buckley said he had nothing to do with bikies or criminal organisations, but was concerned the new bikie rules introduced by the State Government.

"What inspired me to create the group was that I didn't wan to stand by and let the government introduce laws that I'm against," he said.

"I feel the laws are unfair and that they could be used against any group the government doesn't like.

"I feel if people don't do something now we will be imposed with more and more laws taking away more and more rights and freedoms."

Mr Buckley said he was hopeful his page could garner enough support to hold protests outside the office of Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey.

"My ultimate goal is to find enough people from Bundaberg and sourrounds to hold a series of protests at minister of police Jack Dempsey's office," he said.

"I would be calling for the laws to be removed and new laws to be introduced that make sure our rights are protected from politicians forever."

Mr Buckley said he feared the changes would impact other groups once the bikies had been dealt with.

" My main concern is that I fear the laws are too vague and could be used against any group and I think that is what most of the group's members fear as well," he said.

"When the bikies are gone are these laws going to be used on car enthusiasts? protesters? political groups? I can't see why the laws we already had against criminals weren't good enough?"

Mr Buckley said he felt separation of powers was vital to a democratic government.

"Campbell Newman's disregard for separation of powers laws is also of concern," he said.

"He said he was powerless to stop the police from setting up defect stations at car shows because of them, but now he can tell the police to do anything or find a new job.

"The powers he has given to the CMC to lock someone up for not giving evidence is just wrong too, the right to remain silent is a basic right everyone has, or used to."

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Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie denied claims the new laws would target anyone other than outlaw bikie gangs.

"Our recent reforms target only criminal gangs," Mr Bleijie said.

"Law abiding groups have nothing to fear."

Mr Bleijie said the State Government had to toughen up law because previous rules set by the former Labor government were simply too weak.

"Legislation implemented by Labor has been ineffective," he said.

"Our new legislation works faster and more effectively than the Criminal Organisation Act 2009."

Mr Bleijie said the previous government's system meant criminal motorcycle gangs were left to prosper.

"The problem with Labor's legislation is the length of time it takes to have a gang declared a criminal organisation," he said.

"Their Act was passed four years ago and there's been only one application which is still going through the courts.

"In that time, criminal motorcycle gangs were allowed to flourish and that's why we had to take such strong, swift action."

Topics:  bikie laws, bundaberg, facebook, jarrod bleijie



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