Jack Dempsey rejects offer of cooperation from bikie gangs
POLICE Minister Jack Dempsey has strongly rejected an approach by a bikie gang member to discuss the State Government's crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"I'm not talking to criminal gang members," the Member for Bundaberg said.
"We've drawn a line in the sand and we will use whatever legitimate way we can to put these people behind bars for a very long time."
Mr Dempsey said while the bikies were in jail their privileges would be strictly curtailed.
"These are parasites that prey on the most vulnerable members of the community," he said.
Mr Dempsey was reacting to a letter published in the NewsMail on Wednesday from Tony Jardine, who identified himself as a senior member of the Rebels motorcycle gang.
"Not all people in mc clubs are criminals. Some may have broken the law but are generally law-abiding people. Obviously there is a bad element in some clubs but it is not the club that makes them bad. There are bad people in all walks of life. Many club members will loose there legal livelihood. I would think the government would be encouraging people to have legitimate jobs, not take them away. From your experience, where will they get money to live on? It may force them to crime which will only worsen the whole problem of crime," Mr Jardine said in the letter.
He said he was available for further discussion on the matter.
Mr Dempsey said according to the Australian Crime Commission 25% of criminal gang members in Australia were Rebels members.
"These aren't Robin Hoods; these are violent gang members and thugs," he said.
He said legitimate motorcycle riders and enthusiasts had nothing to worry about from the new laws.
He said the criminal gangs had had nearly 30 years to embed themselves in the Queensland community, but their time was up.
Mr Dempsey said Queensland was leading the nation in combating the outlaw motorcycle gangs.