WA now has some of the toughest organised crime laws in the country after passing a bill that can ban bikie gang members from associating.
The legislation is aimed at disrupting the illegal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs and other criminal organisations and prevent them profiting from violence, intimidation and crime.
Under the new laws, the police commissioner and Corruption and Crime Commission can apply to a judge to have groups declared criminal organisations if they associate for the purpose of criminal activity and pose a risk to public safety.
WA Attorney-General Michael Mischin said the legislation would also provide for mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for members of criminal organisations convicted of serious offences.
“Once a criminal organisation has been declared, a range of measures can be imposed on members, including WA Police applying to the Supreme Court for control orders to stop them associating with other controlled persons, going to banned locations, promoting or recruiting for the organisation, or transferring funds to the organisation,” he said.
For some offences, courts will be required to impose at least two years imprisonment on offenders.
Mr Mischin said it was hoped that if members continued their criminal acts once their organisation has been declared, the lengthy jail terms they received would cripple the organisation’s ability to operate.
“The State Government is committed to targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and other criminal organisations which brazenly break the law and manufacture and distribute drugs to the detriment of the community,” he said.