Motorcycle Council to lodge High Court challenge against Queensland's anti-bikie laws

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A High Court challenge will be lodged in Brisbane today against more than a dozen sections of the Queensland Government's controversial anti-bikie legislation.

The UMC represents 17 Queensland clubs but Hells Angels member Stefan Kuczborski is expected to be the public face of the campaign.

The Queensland Government crackdown on bikies follows a public brawl on the Gold Coast last year.

It includes a ban on patched members riding in groups of three or more and an extra 15 to 25 years on their sentence if an offence is gang related.

Jailed bikies are also made to wear pink jumpsuits and kept in soliatary confinement for 22 hours a day.

Lawyers will argue clubs were outlawed without any judicial backing.

They will also claim the laws infringe on the right to free speech and breaches Australia's obligations under various treaties, including the convention against cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment.

The UMC represents 17 Queensland clubs but Hells Angels member Stefan Kuczborski is expected to be the public face of the campaign.

The Queensland Government crackdown on bikies follows a public brawl on the Gold Coast last year.

It includes a ban on patched members riding in groups of three or more and an extra 15 to 25 years on their sentence if an offence is gang related.

Jailed bikies are also made to wear pink jumpsuits and kept in soliatary confinement for 22 hours a day.

Lawyers will argue clubs were outlawed without any judicial backing.

They will also claim the laws infringe on the right to free speech and breaches Australia's obligations under various treaties, including the convention against cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment.

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