A Government plan to outlaw 27 bikie gangs and make criminals of their members has failed its first test, with the apparent inclusion of a legitimate, law-abiding motorcycle racing club that has operated in South Australia for over 50 years, according to the Greens SA.
Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA Incorporated runs regular motorcycle races at Mallala Motorsport Park and is a non-profit sporting club affiliated with Motorcycling South Australia.
“The Attorney General has told Parliament that he intends to outlaw “The motorcycle club known as the Phoenix”. However, a quick search would have determined that the “Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA Incorporated” is registered in South Australia by the Government’s own Office of Consumer and Business Affairs. It is a legitimate organisation with open membership, open meetings and a democratic structure. This is not an organised crime gang,” said Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary leader of the Greens SA.
Most likely, this is a case of mistaken identity as there is apparently a small group in Northern Sydney that also use the name “Phoenix Motorcycle Club”.
“The Government has had years to get this right, so to make such a monumental blunder on the day of the announcement shows they are not to be trusted on law and order issues. If the Attorney-General has got this so terribly wrong, what else might he have messed up?
“The Greens support giving police appropriate powers to deal with organised crime and criminal behaviour, but history has shown that the Government often gets it wrong and acts outside the law (according to the High Court).
“We will look at the detail of the legislation before determining a final position, but with this epic fail, they’ve started very badly in the trust stakes,” concluded Mark Parnell.