MP calls for public outrage at bikie laws
SUNSHINE Coast MP Peter Wellington has called for a "show of community outrage" after five alleged bikies were jailed under new laws.
Five Sunshine Coast men, dubbed the Yandina Five, have been accused of having links to the Rebels.
They were arrested in November under the state's anti-bikie laws after they met for drinks at the Yandina Hotel, north of Nambour.
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On December 20, Queensland's Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody granted bail to Dan Whale and Scott Conley, but refused to release Steven Smith, Joshua Carew and Paul Lansdowne.
"The Newman Government's treatment of the Yandina Five in locking them up in solitary confinement for having a beer is generating justifiable outrage among fair-minded people," Mr Wellington said yesterday.
"I have spoken to dozens of people from all walks of life in the past three weeks and the consensus has been that this legislation has gone way too far.
"It is not consistent with the Australian way of innocent until proven guilty.
"I believe only a show of overwhelming community outrage can force the Newman Government to change these laws."
Mr Wellington said he planned to write letters to Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, calling for changes to the laws.
"I ask you to get everyone you know to send a message to the Premier and Attorney-General, telling them what you think about the laws," Mr Wellington wrote on Facebook yesterday.
"I will be writing to them on Monday, asking for amendments to be introduced to these laws when Parliament returns in February."
Under the new laws, the three men in the Yandina Five who were not given bail spent Christmas and new year in solitary confinement.
The Government announced late last year a cell block unit would be prepared at Woodford Prison, near Caboolture, for people arrested under the laws.
Two of the men were brothers, and their father Mike Smith told Fairfax Media last month he was a Rebels member and was with them at the pub, but was not charged.