Tougher laws for bikies

New leg­is­la­tion will give Tweed po­lice more power to make ar­rests

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TWEED po­lice will have tougher laws at their dis­posal when deal­ing with out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gangs af­ter new leg­is­la­tion was passed in NSW Par­lia­ment.

At­tor­ney-gen­eral Mark Speak­man was joined by Tweed MP Ge­off Provest out­side Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court on Mon­day where he said NSW now had the “toughest” bikie laws in Aus­tralia.

“Un­der the pre­vi­ous La­bor Government, laws weren’t as strong and the po­lice weren’t as well equipped to re­spond to bikies, with around 65 sta­tions closed and po­lice num­bers fluc­tu­at­ing with the elec­tion cy­cle,” Mr Speak­man said.

“In con­trast, we’ve worked closely with the NSW Po­lice Force and im­ple­mented the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Om­buds­man’s re­port on the Re­stricted Premises Act in form­ing this leg­isla­tive frame­work.”

The Crim­i­nal Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment (Con­sort­ing and Re­stricted Premises) Act 2018 pro­vides po­lice who are ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant with more pow­ers to search a per­son, force peo­ple to re­veal their name and ad­dress and force those at a venue to move on.

The pow­ers are in ad­di­tion to a range of other tough mea­sures avail­able to po­lice to tar­get bikies, in­clud­ing un­ex­plained wealth laws, which places a bur­den on sus­pects to prove their in­come was law­fully ac­quired.

Mr Provest said bikies were hav­ing a mis­er­able time in NSW but “us­ing the in­con­sis­tency in laws along state bor­ders to push the en­ve­lope when it comes to crime”.

“Po­lice in the Tweed­by­ron Po­lice Dis­trict do a phe­nom­e­nal job keep­ing these trou­ble­mak­ers at bay and their ac­tiv­i­ties to a min­i­mum,” Mr Provest said.

Un­der the new laws, fail­ure to com­ply with a di­rec­tion will be pun­ish­able by im­pris­on­ment for up to 12 months and a max­i­mum fine of $5500. Fail­ure to pro­vide a name and ad­dress, or pro­vid­ing a false name or ad­dress, will be pun­ish­able by a fine of up to $1100.

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