Mr CLARK — "The legislation we are introducing will also include
further measures to tackle criminal bikie and similar gangs who are
involved in drug trafficking and other crimes. A court will be able to
make an order to ban these gangs or restrict their operations where a
gang or its members are engaged in any offences punishable by five
years or more imprisonment and an order is necessary or desirable to
protect community safety or prevent a threat to public order.
These laws will also stop gang members escaping the law by quitting
one gang and patching over to another, as we have seen happen in
Queensland in recent times. Restrictions will apply to gang members
even if they quit a gang, and if two or more members from a declared
organisation join another gang, their new gang will automatically be
deemed to be involved in serious criminal activity without need for
Individuals subject to control orders will also be banned from
ownership of firearms, and any other members of declared organisations
will be presumed not to be fit and proper persons able to hold
firearms. On top of that, the legislation will strengthen the powers
of the chief examiner to conduct compulsory examinations of persons
who are believed to have information about organised crime gang
offences. The coalition government introduced Victoria’s first
anti-bikie gang laws after the previous government refused to do so.
We are now moving to strengthen those laws even further. We are
picking up on a growing body of experience interstate — in Queensland
and other jurisdictions — as well as drawing on a growing body of
Victoria Police experience in tackling these crimes. Unlike the Labor
government, a coalition government is not going to allow Victoria to
become the soft underbelly of bikie gang crime in Victoria. The laws
we are going to be introducing to the house are a further
demonstration that this government is committed to strong action to
tackle criminal bikie gangs, drug traffickers and other purveyors of
misery and death around this state."
Hansard of second reading on Thursday, 26th June.
"The bill will also enable police to obtain orders imposing a range of
restrictions on an organisation without needing to prove criminal
activity beyond reasonable doubt. Proof on the balance of
probabilities will be sufficient."
"The bill will also introduce provisions into the Criminal
Organisations Control Act that specify that parties to proceedings
under the act will bear their own legal costs. The court will retain a
discretion to award costs against a party who brings a frivolous or
vexatious application. The bill will also allow individuals and
organisations to consent to the making of a declaration or a control
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