WA's bikie gangs will fight the State's anti-association laws, despite the High Court upholding similar legislation in Queensland.
Queensland's Gold Coast chapter of the Finks took a similar fight to the High Court, arguing secret evidence police used in an application to target the gang did not allow for "procedural fairness".
But a High Court judgment yesterday supported a Queensland Supreme Court's decision to allow evidence in secret because disclosure could reveal "criminal intelligence", prejudice investigations, identify a confidential source and endanger a person's life or safety.
WA Police watched the case closely after WA's anti-association laws were proclaimed in January, though they have not been used yet.
The WA laws provide for criminal intelligence to be protected, including evidence given in private in the absence of people involved.
Attorney-General Michael Mischin said the High Court decision did not preclude a challenge to the WA laws but gave significant grounds for optimism.
But veteran Coffin Cheater and United Motorcycle Council WA spokesman Peter "Fuzzy" Godfree said UMC clubs were unified in their effort to fight the laws.
"We have taken steps for a High Court challenge from this State," he said. "We are geared up for this." Mr Godfree said the UMC did not believe the laws were fair.
"We've had a perfectly good judicial system for hundreds of years and that's why we have a judicial system to judge everyone equally," he said.
"As far as we're concerned, it's about every Australian, not just about bikies. Every part of our society is under threat from laws like these: football clubs, all sporting clubs, the church, the Noongar communities, wives, husbands and their children will be affected."Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the High Court decision would flow on for other States.
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