THE HERALD SUN
"Stop ... the bikie cancer" demands Nick Guthrie of Ivanhoe (HS
Letters Nov 2). He urges action before "it all becomes too late". He
warns the situation here is kin to the drug violence in Mexico.
Doesn't say much for our police or our current laws.
Let's put it in perspective. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
tells us that over a million Australians hold a licence to ride a
motorcycle or scooter. Police have estimated that there are 7000
members of what they call "outlaw motorcycle gangs" in this country.
Do the math. The so-called outlaws are less than half of one percent
of the Australian motorcycle & scooter community and then not all club
members are criminals.
Enforce the current laws. Lock the crims up whether they are on a
bike or in a car. But don't introduce police-state laws based on
prejudice and hysteria, not fact.
It's not just in Queensland that riders and civil liberties groups
are angry about anti-bike laws. Australia is a free country. We
want it to stay that way for all Australians.
Independent Riders' Group