The state opposition says the public is entitled to question the heavy-handed approach of police to recreational motorcyclists.On Friday, Opposition police spokesman Bill Byrne received 10,000 signatures on a petition from casual motorcyclists complaining about harassment by police cracking down on outlaw motorcycle cycle gangs.”The government members and the ministers who spoke on the bill strongly indicated that this was going to be targeting only those who were identified through various intelligence apparatus as being outlaw gang members,’’ Mr Byrne said.‘‘Clearly that is not the case.’’He defended the opposition’s position in voting for the anti-bike legislation and put the question back to the government.
‘‘Before this latest episode (Broadbeach skirmish), the premier was talking about motorcycle colours being something akin to a football jersey.’’
Mr Byrne said it was clear the legislation was rushed and Labor would have preferred the legislation be debated through parliament’s committee process.
‘‘We would have had the opinions of the judiciary, the bar association, the Law Society and everyone else who has an informed view of this legislation who would have made submissions.’’
The petition was started almost a month ago by motorbike blogger, Mark Hinchliffe, who said casual bike riders were still being harassed by police.
He said casual motorbike riders had little faith in the talks yesterday.
‘‘We are just happy about this,’’ Mr Hinchliffe said.
‘‘We are not political animals, but we are getting angrier and angrier and angrier,’’ he said.
‘‘I had one woman complain to me yesterday that on her way home from Booval to at 11pm on a sports bike – a female – was stopped three times, three times she was asked to pull over.
‘‘Three times she was asked if she was a member of an outlaw gang.
‘‘Can we see your tattoos, take your jacket off.
‘‘It’s just ludicrous. You wouldn’t stand for it, and I’m not standing for it either!
He compared the new laws’ impact on innocent riders to the Nazi’s treatment of the Jewish people.
“Now they want us to ring them up when we want to go for a ride?” he said.
“Are we going to have to wear a Star of David on our chests?”
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