Bikie Laws amendments to the Liquor Act.
The State Government has introduced changes to the Liquor Act 1992. The Government has declared 26 motor cycle gangs as Declared Criminal Organisations. The bikie laws amends the Liquor Act by imposing restrictions on the ability of patrons of liquor licensed premises to wear clothing and other paraphernalia highlighting their affiliation with a criminal motor cycle gang.
Declared Criminal Organisation
Under the amendments a member of a declared criminal organisation commits and offence if they are wearing a prohibited item on licensed premises. A prohibited item includes an item of clothing or jewellery or another accessory associated with a criminal organisation or other form of symbol, abbreviation or writing that indicates membership of, or an association with the criminal organisation (e.g. 1% or 1%er).
Bikie Laws penalties
The penalties are as follows:
- Bar owners who allow banned motorcycle club logos on licensed premises – $11,000.00;
- Failing to leave licensed premises when directed by hotel staff (1st Offence) – up to $42,500.00;
- Failing to leave licensed premises when directed by hotel staff (2nd Offence) – up to $57,750.00 or six months imprisonment;
- Failing to leave licensed premises when directed by hotel staff (3rd Offence) – up to $82,500.00 or eighteen months imprisonment;
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