Palaszczuk Government's bikie colours move branded 'a sprinkling of tough measures'

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The Queensland Opposition is sceptical about the State Government's move to crack down on bikies wearing their club colours in public.

A ban on outlaw motorcycle gang members wearing club colours at pubs and clubs will be extended to all public places as part of the Palaszczuk Government's changes to the LNP's anti-gang laws.

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said he doubted that the full suite of amendments, to be introduced in September, would be as tough.

"What we've seen from the Premier and the Attorney-General today is a sprinkling of apparently tough measures, but we haven't seen the whole package," he said.

"We know that Labor aren't on about toughening these laws, they've been saying that the laws are too tough. We want to see the whole package."

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath indicated the Government would water down other parts of the laws in relation to sentencing, following a taskforce review headed by former Supreme Court justice Alan Wilson.

"We certainly have taken on board the commentary from the taskforce that the current penalties are seen as excessive, in fact crushing," Ms D'Ath said.

"We are going to have laws that are legally robust and operationally robust for the police on the ground."

'Mandatory sentencing must be scrapped'

But the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (QCCL) is urging the Government to scrap mandatory sentences altogether.

QCCL vice-president Terry O'Gorman said the proposed ban on bikies wearing their colours in public places was a "law and order gimmick".

He said statistics outlined in the Wilson Report showed that bikies represented less than 1 per cent of all crime in Queensland.

Rebels member and United Motorcycle Council spokesman Mick Kosenko said the proposed changes to the ban on colours were ridiculous.

"It's becoming like North Korea — they're banning clothing now? What's next, are they going to ban motorcycles altogether?"

He rejected the Government's assertion that club colours were used to intimidate the public.

"We've been wearing our club colours for 50 years almost in Brisbane and I don't think anyone's intimidated by us," he said.

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