Bikies Barred from Construction Sites in Second Half of the Year

The Newman state government has recently announced that new licensing restrictions will come into effect this year aimed at stopping the scourge of bikie gangs on construction sites in Queensland.

The harsh new laws to halt the spread of bikie gangs in the state will see members of these gangs banned from working on construction sites. The laws will come into effect in the second half of the year, despite the extension of an ongoing trade union inquiry.

The state government confirmed that new licensing restrictions, scheduled to come into effect on July 2, 2015 will stop the members and associates of bikie gang members from engaging in work on construction sites in Queensland.

The law which would ban bikies in the building industry was originally planned to come into effect at the start of July 2014 but was delayed because it would require members of the industry including all trades people such as electricians, plumbers, builders, roofers etc. to cut all connections with members of bikie gangs or risk being de-registered.

Two weeks before the law was supposed to come into effect last year, the government announced that it would be rescheduled. The ban was delayed for a year in order for the Federal Government to conduct a trade union inquiry.

According to an article on the inquiry was extended by another year in order to carry out more investigations. The post explains that according to the office of Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie, there are no plans to defer the licensing restrictions as a result.

The following excerpt from the article explains,

The Newman government has implemented harsh new laws directed against Queensland’s bikie gangs over the past year, in direct response to a violent brawl between the Bandidos and the Finks that took place in Broadbeach toward the end of 2013.

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The laws are significant because the state government believes that around 300 of an estimated 1500 outlaw bikies in Queensland have withdrawn from their former gangs as a result of the strict new measures.

Motorcycle gangs as well as civil rights activists have complained that some of the measures are excessive, despite the crackdown have already proven to curb the activities on outlaw gangs on construction sites. The unions have also come out against the laws as the article went on to detail:

bikiesUnions have also criticised changes to licensing requirements, with John Battams, president of the Queensland Council of Unions, calling the them “too broad a brush” for dealing with the problem of bikie gangs.

The Electrical Trades Union has been particularly critical of the slated licensing changes, claiming that they would imperil the employment prospects of innocent workers without criminal backgrounds.

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The Electrical Trade Union state secretary Peter Simpson said that at least 50 members of the union could be unfairly affected by the new licensing requirements. He was quoted as saying:

 “It’s manifestly unfair to pick on people because of who they hang around with,” said Simpson.

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