Dad rapt about backdown on bikie laws
FORMER Rebels bikie Mike Smith says a backdown on anti-association charges has confirmed his faith in the judicial system.
Mr Smith, whose son Steven was one of five men charged under strict bikie laws in 2013 for associating at the Yandina Hotel, was thrilled that three people facing similar charges yesterday had them dropped.
Librarian Sally Louise Kuether, 41, her boyfriend Phillip Frederick Palmer, 55, and their friend Ronald Anton Germain, 61, pleaded guilty in a Brisbane court to wearing gang colours in a licensed premises in 2013.
The pleas came after a charge of participants in a criminal organisation being knowingly present in public places was dropped by the prosecution.
Despite facing jail time if the anti-association charges had been proven, they were given minor fines.
The three entered the Dayboro Tavern wearing Life and Death Motorcycle Club clothing in December 2013, just two months after wearing gang patches and clothes in licensed venues had been banned.
"These poor people have had their lives turned upside down for 18 months based on a crime that was created by the Newman Government," Mr Smith said.
He said he was happy with yesterday's result.
"The laws should have a moratorium on them."
He said they needed to be investigated by the law society "so good, honest, ethical laws can come into being".
Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington reaffirmed his stance against the laws.
"I think we need to start again," Mr Wellington said.
"This (yesterday's case) will certainly be part of the State Government investigation into VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws) and related laws into the appropriateness of the legislation."
He said he was waiting to hear back from Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath about when people could make submissions to the investigation.
"We've had a number of people wanting to make their submissions."
In yesterday's case, Kuether was fined $150; Germain, who also pleaded guilty to possessing a flick knife, was fined $300; and Palmer, who pleaded guilty to five cannabis charges, was fined $500.