OUTLAWS: Motorcycle gang members are facing a harsh new era under tough laws introduced by the Queensland State Government.
OUTLAWS: Motorcycle gang members are facing a harsh new era under tough laws introduced by the Queensland State Government. Cade Mooney

Stalin would be proud of bikie laws, says city councillor

COUNCILLOR Paul Tully says former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin would be "smiling in his grave" about the draconian laws targeting bikies brought in by the Newman government.

 Under laws introduced by Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie bikies could receive an extra 25 years for an offence - an extra 15 years for being a gang member, plus another 10 for being an officer of the club.

"Imagine being a bikie caught possessing a minor amount of drugs in one of their clubhouses, who then finds they will be sentenced to 25 years jail … and sitting in solitary for 23 hours a day with no TV or gymnasium for the next 25 years," Cr Tully said.

"They are let out one hour a day from their cell.

"Stalin would be smiling from his grave in communist Russia. Even Stalin wouldn't have gone that far, but he would have been proud of these laws.

"Most murderers in Queensland are let out inside 15 years."

Mr Bleijie has made no apologies for the tough laws, saying "these criminals use their time in prison to recruit new members and continue criminal activities including the distribution of drugs and intimidation of prison staff".

Premier Campbell Newman said his government was "getting tough on these criminals, whether they are on the streets or in our jails".

But Cr Tully said bikies "should be prosecuted and dealt with according to the nature of their offence", not because they are bikies, and "existing laws were quite powerful if fully enforced".

"I predict some of these laws will be overturned by the High Court of Australia and that they breach implied rights under the Australian Constitution," he said.

Cr Tully said the new laws also "take away the power of magistrates and judges to impose what they consider to be an appropriate penalty".

Ipswich City Council has already dealt with bikies with a far more measured approach.

"We successfully used our town planning scheme to get rid of bikies in Goodna and ( the state) should be concentrating on using existing laws to move them on.

"A year ago the Nomads had set up a clubhouse in Mill St, Goodna. They set up a clubhouse with entertainment in industrial zoned land, which was illegal and in breach of the town plan.

"There were many complaints and we took action against the owner of the property. He quickly served notice on the bikies to move out. We think it is the first a town planning scheme was used quickly to move bikies on."