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Bikies, MP rorting and company bribery

The other night more than 100 police surrounded the Bandido bikie club in West End in Brisbane. They had dogs, guns and even an armoured vehicle. They arrested the sum total of one bikie and charged him with being involved in a gang brawl a week before.

In Melbourne a few days before over 180 police raided Hells Angels and Comanchero Clubs and homes. They arrested 8 people on explosives, firearm and drug charges.

In August New South Wales police raided a number of Hells Angels and Comanchero clubs in Sydney. They found, wait for it, evidence of illegal sales of alcohol and issued notices of breaches of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

Queensland will rush through legislation to ban bikies meeting in groups or promoting or recruiting to their clubs. Proposed penalties include one year in jail.

New South Wales and South Australia have draconian laws in which a judge, based on hearsay from police, can ban certain clubs or their members.

Neither the current NSW or SA laws are confined to bikie clubs. Any group, including socialist groups committed to workers setting up their own democratic state, can be declared a criminal organisation.

During the First World War the Hughes Government made membership of the Industrial Workers of the World illegal and then the organisation itself, smashing up its offices and printing presses. That looks to be the precedent for bikie gang legislation at state level.

In 2005 the Howard government set up the Australian Building and Construction Commission to police the building unions. If called before it, silence was a crime. The Abbott government’s top priority will be to reinvigorate this anti-democratic body whose end result will be more deaths on building sites because workers won’t walk off unsafe building sites for fear of jail and massive fines.

Last year the building union, the CFMEU, mounted a campaign against unsafe work practices at the Myer Emporium site in Melbourne run by Grocon. The union wanted to appoint the safety officets on site since management stooges can’t be trusted.

The Victorian state mobilised 1000 police to get scabs into work. That shows you where their real priorities are. Profit before people, policed by the State.

Michael Keenan, Federal Justice Minister, has announced a National Anti-Gang Taskforce. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised new powers for the Australian Crime Commission to call bikie gang members before it in secret hearings to explain their wealth. If there is no satisfactory explanation, their assets will be seized. Failure to answer questions will result in jail.

What is going on? Certainly bikie gangs have been attacking each other, with a few drive-bys and other shootings and a big brawl recently on the Gold Coast with one club attacking a police station to try and free its members.

The police and political response is the State beating up a climate of fear to further undermine democratic rights in Australia, a process going on since the rise of neoliberalism in the early 1980s under the Hawke Labor Government and accelerated under the war on terror.

There are more criminals in Parliament than in bikie gangs. Where are the police raids on Parliament to arrest the allowance rorters and war criminals?

There are more criminals in the Catholic Church hierarchy, not just the paedophile priests, but the higher ups who hid their crimes, than in bikie gangs. Where are the police raids on the offices of the Archbishop of Sydney looking for evidence of concealing crimes?

There are more criminals on the boards of companies than there are in bikie gangs.

The ongoing revelations of Leighton Holdings apparent pattern of bribery, of the Reserve Bank printing arm’s seeming bribery, the lenient treatment of insider traders like John Gay, all indicate a lack of action to police the ruling class and the criminal laws that specifically apply to them.

Intense competition forces many Australian companies to bribe officials across the globe. Why are there no police raids on these ruling class criminal clubs known as companies?

To ask the question is to give the answer. The police don’t normally investigate the bosses in any systematic was because they are all part of the biggest group of robbers on the planet today, the ruling class. Far better to target alienated working class men and distract attention away from the real criminals.

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Comments

Comment from Philip
Time October 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Must say I agree with you on this.

Comment from John Brown
Time October 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Legislation and Police restrict recruitment into bikie groups because they see them as something toxic. It is called protecting the general population from a known danger.

Pedophile priests, child sexual abuse, cover ups, bribery, abuse of the legal system, tax breaks included and not a single piece of legislation protecting children from this proven toxic system.

Sort of the right idea but misplaced yet again for the benefit of religion and the abandonment of children.