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8 hours ago

Michael Ferguson

As Minister for Police, I have responsibility for supporting Tasmania Police who want to make Tasmania safer. The Government is taking actions to ban Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) from wearing bikie ‘colours’ in any public place as part of a range of measures to stamp out organised crime, intimidation and fear tactics.

We welcome the launch by Tasmania Police of a consultation phase before the legislation is introduced to Parliament, which is on track for June.

The consultation provides Tasmanians with a valuable opportunity to understand the seriousness of OMCG criminality and provide comment on the policy.

We make no apology for being tough on crime and taking strong action to protect people from the scourge of drugs and violence. I understand that many Tasmanians would not, until today’s release by Tasmania Police, understand just how organised these groups are in serious crimes and building multi-million dollar drug empires.

There is no doubt that ‘colours’ are used to intimidate, influence, recruit, promote and mark out territory. We will act to address this by banning them in public and curtailing outlaw gang activity.

Nationally, addiction to ‘ice’ has fuelled the spread of bikie gangs and international crime syndicates. OMCGs have been proven to be a significant participant in organised crime in our state and present a risk to the safety of the public.

Strong actions like this against those who peddle drugs will send a strong message that this will not be tolerated in Tasmania.

To be clear, these actions are based on the very clear and consistent advice of both Tasmania Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission about the criminal nature of outlaw gangs and the need to prevent Tasmania becoming known as a safe-haven for outlaw gangs.The first step towards a legislative move to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gangs in Tasmania is under way.

Public consultation is now open for the Organised Criminal Gang Legislation paper, which sets out the Government’s proposals for possible reforms to the Police Offences Act 1935.

The proposals will give police powers to act when outlaw motorcycle gang members attempt to intimidate others by wearing club colours in public, and powers to act when groups of criminals from these gangs associate with each other.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs are significant players in controlling the importation and distribution of drugs into Tasmania. Their business model involves serious violence and drug trafficking and they are constantly trying to expand their numbers in Tasmania to increase their drug trafficking network,” Assistant Commissioner Glenn Frame said.

“Tasmania does not want to be a safe haven for outlaw motorcycle gangs. These groups are not welcome here. Other States have implemented strong laws to protect the community from them and there is a danger that if Tasmania does not do the same, these gangs will increase their criminal activities here,” Assistant Commissioner Frame said.

“The displacement of outlaw motorcycle gangs into Tasmania from other states is of grave concern,” Assistant Commissioner Frame said.

“The Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang - one of five gangs recognised by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission as posing the highest threat to Australians, in relation to size, geographical reach and violence - has recently extended into Hobart.

Assistant Commissioner Glenn Frame said that outlaw motorcycle gang members were on notice in our jurisdiction.

“The criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs distinguish them from other recreational motorcycle groups who gather purely to socialise and ride motorcycles. Unlike these other bodies, outlaw motorcycle gangs self-identify as ‘one-percenters’, their view being that if 99% of people who ride motorcycles are law abiding, they are the 1% who are not. Outlaw motorcycle gang jackets usually carry a patch saying 1% to reflect this fact,” he said.

“We will not tolerate criminal activity, anti-social or intimidating behaviour, or breaches of our laws and we will continue to work with Government to further disrupt their activities by creating a hostile environment for outlaw motorcycle gangs in Tasmania.”

Submissions should be made in writing by close of business on 11 May 2018.

For more info, check out www.police.tas.gov.au/news/public-consultation-open-new-outlaw-motorcycle-gang-legislation/
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As Minister for Police, I have responsibility for supporting Tasmania Police who want to make Tasmania safer. The Government is taking actions to ban Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) from wearing bikie ‘colours’ in any public place as part of a range of measures to stamp out organised crime, intimidation and fear tactics.

We welcome the launch by Tasmania Police of a consultation phase before the legislation is introduced to Parliament, which is on track for June.

The consultation provides Tasmanians with a valuable opportunity to understand the seriousness of OMCG criminality and provide comment on the policy.

We make no apology for being tough on crime and taking strong action to protect people from the scourge of drugs and violence. I understand that many Tasmanians would not, until today’s release by Tasmania Police, understand just how organised these groups are in serious crimes and building multi-million dollar drug empires.

There is no doubt that ‘colours’ are used to intimidate, influence, recruit, promote and mark out territory. We will act to address this by banning them in public and curtailing outlaw gang activity.

Nationally, addiction to ‘ice’ has fuelled the spread of bikie gangs and international crime syndicates. OMCGs have been proven to be a significant participant in organised crime in our state and present a risk to the safety of the public.

Strong actions like this against those who peddle drugs will send a strong message that this will not be tolerated in Tasmania.

To be clear, these actions are based on the very clear and consistent advice of both Tasmania Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission about the criminal nature of outlaw gangs and the need to prevent Tasmania becoming known as a safe-haven for outlaw gangs.

 

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Wouldn't it be better to have so called biker gangs in colors. Therefore they are easily recognizable. Also is this going to be affiliated with the police as we keep seeing in the media police "gangs" assaulting people. I'm all for cutting down on crime but honestly you are looking completely in the wrong direction

This is utter hypocrisy! You say that these groups intimidate and 'stand over' people, yet here you are intending to do the very same thing! Intimidate and bully them. If people have committed offences, and you have clear evidence, then charge them. Otherwise, leave them be. One could refer to the acts of 'Police Brutality' which is reported from time to time, and say that they should be prevented from wearing their 'colours'. I'd have far more respect for you if you lot actually ALL did the job you're employed to do (many Police turn blind eyes to offences as if it's all just too much work), and cleaned up the State that way. I know there are some scumbags amongst the 1%'s. Charge them when you detect the offence. These proposed tactics make you no different to what you claim you want to eradicate. Go and think about it again!

I think the Lgh has bigger problems then “bikeys” in colour on our rds! This is absolutely ridiculous!

total idiots... take them away and let worse gangs in like Mara Salvatrucha and others, funny how the Apex gangs and other foreign gangs just get a slap on the wrist .. I grew up respecting the police but these days I think I'd feel safer walking through a gang of bikies than a gang of Police

If you're going to deal with 'thugs' who congregate in club colours, why don't you tackle AFL clubs? They're full of assault merchants who are very aggressive and violent. And, how about trade unions? Hmmmm???!! Double standards, here.

How about focusing on the crimes and criminals.... or is that too hard! Banning 'colours' isn't fighting crime you just create

Follow other disgraceful governments choices and creating fear mongering,I’d be more cautious of you michael in a room than gang members ,this phase is simply a blanket approach to nothing ,how about the police actually police the offenders and don’t categorise clubs as gangs ,is the local football club or netball club a gang ??? Honest and hardworking people and family members ...like sports clubs that have a chosen and invested interest in either a motorcycle or chosen sports !

If individual outlaw bikers are committing crimes, charge them and let the judiciary go through the process. It seems wasteful to invent a 'crime' to deal with criminals, if they are.

I can’t believe the exhaust volume allowed by bikes. I’ve seen little kids start crying when a crazy loud bike passes and that was cbd

I remember when Labor were in power and David OByrne said we do not need the same laws here in Tasmania as we do not have a problem here. Other states were getting tough on outlaw gangs.His attitude was we will fix it when it becomes a problem instead of prevention . Not hard to work out what happened after that .

And what? they think not letting them wear their uniform is going to somehow change what they do? idiots! No wonder our police are so useless >:(

Michael Ferguson you fix your health portfolio first by the time I see a specialist a neurologist it will have taken 4 years of living in pain. Now as for the OMC I might need them to get my pain relief ( marijuana ) while I wait for you to fix our health system. But there will be no need I can get it somewhere in my suburb just gotta ask

So they are CLUB members they are also COMMUNITY members so treat them thee same. If they are doing no wrong leave them alone,if they are doing wrong charge them. Taking their colours is wrong its stand over.

Hey if it works great move, since other states have already introduced this is there any data it had an impact on reduction of crime?

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