Motorcyclists meet for rally against anti-gang laws

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A man who declined an offer to join an outlaw motorcycle gang says he won’t support anti-gang consorting laws. 

Devonport motorcyclist Jason Jamieson said he was once nominated for a spot in an outlaw motorcycle club, but he exited from the deal before being inducted. 

Mr Jamieson joined hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts for a day of action at Devonport on Sunday. 

The event demonstrated an allegiance to fight a proposed ban on riders publicly wearing outlaw gang clothing patches. 

“I just told [the gang] ‘no thanks’ basically, and that was that – we’re still friends, they’re still family,” Mr Jamieson said. 

“We’re all brothers and we were all born to ride.” 

Mr Jamieson said the proposed ban of club colours would be an act of fascism.

Event organiser Doris Smith said it could be classed as discrimination. 

“I’m not saying all bikers are good, there’s bad eggs, definitely, but you can’t tar them all with the same brush,” Ms Smith said. 

“If no one’s wearing a patch then every bike rider will look like a criminal.”

Last month, Police minister Michael Ferguson said he expected the Organised Criminal Gang Legislation paper to be put before Parliament by June. 

According to the Tasmania Police website, the proposed law changes would give police the powers to act when outlaw motorcycle gang members attempt to intimidate others by wearing club colours in public.

Among the crowd on Sunday were criminal lawyers, construction workers and children. 

Seth Smith, 15, said he came along to show support for his father and Aunty. 

“Bikies aren’t here to harm anyone, they just want to get together and ride, and have fun,” Seth said.

“I probably won’t wear colours and be in a crew but I’ll probably wear like, a Harley Davidson patch or something one day.” 

Tasmanian Motorcycle Council president Paul Bullock urged riders to approach members of the legislative council during a period of public consultation. 

Mr Bullock said there were more than 50,000 licensed motorcycle riders in Tasmania.

“We will use the process that is there,” Mr Bullock said.

“The government can take their legislation to the lower house and if it gets past, that’s fine, then it has to go to the legislative council and we have got access to the members and every other motorcyclist out there has access to their members.” 

The proposed legislation would apply to criminals convicted of serious offences who, based on evidence, continued to associate with other criminals.

To view legislation, visit www.police.tas.gov.au

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