CCTV footage from the Yandina Hotel.
CCTV footage from the Yandina Hotel.

Yandina Five wait on High Court ruling against bikie laws

OPPONENTS of the Newman Government's anti-bikie laws have scored a minor victory, but those associated with the Yandina Five are preparing for a long wait until the laws will be challenged.

The High Court will hear a constitutional challenge in September, but Mike Smith, whose son Steven was one of the five men arrested in Yandina under the laws last December, expects the State Government to stall the hearing.

"I think they'll avoid the ultimate confrontation in the High Court because if (Premier Campbell Newman) loses he will admit defeat and he won't want that going into an election," Mr Smith said.

The appeal is being made by Hells Angels bikie Stefan Kuczborski, head of the United Motorcycle Council of Queensland, who claimed earlier this year the legislation was unjust and invalid.

The matter has been set for September 2, but Mr Smith expects the government to stall until after the state election next year.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Mr Smith's claims were unfounded and that the government would not interfere.

"These claims are completely untrue and unfounded," he said.

"The High Court is an independent judicial body, independent from the Queensland Government.

"Matters relating to court listings are a matter for the court."

The laws, which ban "outlaw" motorcycle gang members gathering in public or at clubhouses, were introduced last year after a brawl involving 30 people on the Gold Coast.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey told the Daily last November that the laws were aimed at cracking down on violence and drug trafficking.

"We want to make sure the Sunshine Coast remains a safe place and we can take away these parasites who prey on the most vulnerable people and bring drugs and violence to the streets," Mr Dempsey said.

But Mr Smith, a former Rebels bikie, said the laws made it impossible for him and his two sons, who are associated with illegal gangs, to participate in normal family activities.

"I can't stand on the front lawn of my house with my two sons," he said. "We can't go to a church together."

Aspects of the legislation being challenged include extended prison terms for bikies, bans on members of declared criminal organisations meeting in public and solitary confinement for jailed gang members.



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