Premier brushes off threats, presses ahead ( admin posted on January 15th, 2019 )

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is standing firm on his tough new bikie laws, despite being threatened in an online video and having his personal contact details plastered across social media.


Mr Newman says the views expressed in the video represent a minority and he will push on with his crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs which the majority of Queenslanders support.

“These laws stand,” he said.

“They are not changing because we are determined to deal with criminal gangs.”

The four-and-a-half minute clip, which has attracted more than 200,000 hits, was purportedly posted by activist group Anonymous Australia who say Mr Newman’s anti-bikie laws have gone too far.

In the video, a person wearing the trademark Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask warns: “We do not forgive, we do not forget, Campbell Newman expect us”.

But the young Brisbane activist linked to the video, Daniel Walker, says Mr Newman’s staff and the media have turned those words, which are the group’s motto, into a threat.

“Okay, so what did we threaten to do? lol,” Mr Walker wrote on his YouTube account.

“I have never hurt anyone nor has anyone I associate with but we are watching and he can expect his lies to be made public.”

Police are probing the clip but won’t say whether they are investigating Mr Walker.

They are also examining how Mr Newman’s home address and personal mobile number was shared on social media by opponents of his tough new bikie gang laws.

While Mr Newman has been attacked, there have been no known threats made to police who are demanding extra protection in the wake of the new legislation.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says he has no knowledge of threats against individual officers or the service in general.

“I’m not currently seeing any evidence of a heightened risk,” he said.

The police union wants officers to have access to extra body armour and the ability to take their weapons home amid the bikie crackdown.

Mr Stewart says police can already apply to have a covert protective vest and for permission to take guns home.

He admits there are few covert vests readily available but says the police service will be able to fund a mass rollout of the gear if required.

However, he said very few officers had put in requests for the hot and heavy vests in recent years.

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