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MY BIKIE-LOVIN’ CRIMINAL LIBRARIAN

Last time I saw Sally Kuether we shot the breeze and talked about Cate Blanchett’s performance in Notes on a Scandal - just the sort of stuff you natter about with your librarian at your local suburban library while she’s scanning the books, magazines and DVDs that you’re stocking up on for a tediously, long school holiday sentence.

She was wearing her usual crisp white shirt and tailored pants, her hair was pulled back in a nicely coiffed bun and she had that ever-ready smile and wit that I looked forward to when I visited the library.

Sally Kuether oozed niceness. I ...

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41 Comments

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Sib

    Creeping fascism indeed! It’s very worrying to think where these sort of laws will lead….demonising a ‘group’ is dangerous because the government can just decide who or what is dangerous without consultation…Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Nigerian refugees, Greenies….Great article. Thanks.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Glen22

    This is ridiculous – absolutely going too far. Hope commonsense prevails and Sally does not go to jail. What a waste of public money that would be; far better spent on those who ARE a threat. Not all bikies are criminals anyway and they should be given a fair go rather than arrested for talking to a couple of friends.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Amber

    Unbelievable that Queensland laws have come to this. After reading this article I was filled with anger and sadness. These laws are barbaric and utterly ridiculous, Newmans ego should be put back into its box to stay there forever. Sally I hope you can fight with all your power this infringement of your rights. All the best.

    • Reply February 3, 2014

      scotchmistery

      If you are so fed up, join an organisation fighting them. Join Carl Judge MP in leaving the Loony & Naughty Party of (LOL) the “smart state”. Write to your MP and tell them what you think of these stupid, Nazi laws. Wear a toothbrush moustache with Campbell Effing Newman on your name tag. Don’t buy Limitied News Papers – watch the ABC. Join another party. Spit on all the statues of Herr Neumann and #TheConveyancer. Give Nazi salutes to police officers and call them Matthew.

      Remember, these nuts will only be there as long as you leave them there. If you hear old people saying “great”, let the tyres on their wheelchairs down and push them into the gutter. If someone says they voted “liarberal” don’t go to that church any more.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Alistair

    Something here doesn’t ring true. To understand what it is you need to understand the nature of OMG ritual. There is a massive difference between a ‘patch’ and an Ed Harry logo. To be a ‘patched’ member of a gang means your have been inducted into and accepted by the gang. It means you have served your time as an ‘associate’ and you have met the criteria for membership – sometimes not dissimilar to a partner joining a law firm: you have brought significant income to the organisation or you undertaken important work for it. Given the illegal nature of these groups I’ll leave it up to you to imagine what all that might involve.

    A “patched” garment is a highly significant item. You would never lend it to another or allow another to wear it if they were not inducted members of the gang. The gang will discipline anyone breaking those codes. So as to be perfectly clear you would never ever say to your partner ‘hey it’s cold in here with the air-con on, why don’t you wear my vest, it will keep you warm’.

    In light of that I would suggest that your friendly neighbourhood librarian has a dark secret. If she was wearing a patched garmet, she is proudly declaring that she is participating in a group who’s reason for existence is to be involved in the commission of illegal acts.

    It’s possible to argue that the association laws and mandatory sentencing are taking things too far, but it’s not possible to suggest that this woman was innocently caught up in something she didn’t understand.

    • Reply February 3, 2014

      scotchmistery

      @Alistair – you are one of the problems and I hate that my taxes pay your pension. If I had my way all of you Liarberals would be counted and have to wear stars on your striped pyjamas. Go and beat your grandchildren and leave political discussion to those of us contributing to society, which you most assuredly are not.

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      Dave Burke

      Well said Alistair. And brave. You’re sure to get some heated replies. But for what its worth, I agree with you.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Judith Bancks

    please Campbell Newman explain this travesty in words we can understand, as any way I look at it, it screams ” injustice”

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Mark

    I ride a motorcycle, am a retired teacher, member of the Rural Fire Service, have no criminal record, never been arrested, yet under Qld laws my wife and I are criminals. We went to christmas dinner at my brother’s house – he is a member of an ” OMG”, and one of his friends – also a member, was there too. My brother has no criminal record – never even been arrested. I don’t know about his mate, never seen him before , we did not know he was going to be there. Thank God I do not live in Qld [beautiful one day, fascist the next!]

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Adriana

    Loved your article Nikki. Just note that the plural of DVD is DVDs and not DVD’s. (It’s plural and not possessive.)
    The grammar guru.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    nikki

    Doh! Can I blame the editor??? Yeah….I’ll blame the editor.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    nikki

    Either you read it wrong, Adriana…or a magical grammar fairy has just fixed it up!

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Amber

    Sorry Adriana but isnt the article more serious to you than correcting Nikki’s grammar?

    • Reply February 3, 2014

      scotchmistery

      Thank you Amber. Adrianna is obviously a member of a soon to be outlawed group “the knitting circle”.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Len Heggarty

    In one word “confusing”.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    ro.watson

    The offence of “association” used to be colloquially known as “consorting” in Western Australia, until it was abolished. A few scandals here by association, like corrections staff and outlaws. I assume it is also de rigeur ~ a genuine occupational qualification for police not to associate with outlaws except in the performance of their duties.

    As I understand it, Katherine Birnie, the woman who abducted, raped and killed several women, with her husband(deceased), was the librarian at Bandyup Womens’ Prison.

    That would be hard time to have to go to her for advice on what is the latest best read or where to find out from which resource about a subject of keen interest.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Rhoda

    Ridiculous law. I suppose now they wear their symbol whatever on their skin or under their clothes out of sight.

    I’ve seen bikies travelling in limousines. They’ll pull up at a servo and half will go inside and half stay with the vehicle. And they’re on the highway, middle of nowhere – at least 8 or 9 of them. Doesn’t take much to work that one out.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Goldie

    A lot of people need to face reality. These people are not boy scouts and you only have to read the papers to see the activities that they are involved with.

    If they leave Queensland, then I say good riddance. Other States are welcome to them.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    scotchmistery

    @Goldie, in fact the lack of thought from people like yourself is astounding. .04% of crime in this state is by “bikies”. Most is by your sons (18-25 yr old drunk males), the rest by your partners (26% +) – businessmen scamming on the Gold Coast.

    My greatest grief is that most people in this state just lap up what this moron and his half-witted conveyancer say, and proclaim the wonder of living in Queensland, with dic****ds like Alistair running around pontificating on things they have no clue about… “dark secret” .. please. People who rabbit on like that should be put in old folks homes to dribble on their pyjamas.

    People like that want Joh Bonkers Bananas back in all his glory.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Goldie

    scotchmistery – your lack of insight astounds me. Where did you get the crime stats from for starters. Secondly, the reason we have these laws is because our Police Force was unable to detect all of the crime committed by OMCGs. The same reason the US has RICO laws. You obviously weren’t around during the Joh years. Grow up.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Luke

    Hey Scotchmistery, lets do a little maths shall we? 0.04% doesnt sound a lot does it. But whats the population of QLD, 4, 000, 000? And 0.04 % of that is 1600. How many OMG members in Qld? Less than 400. Sounds to me that even on your questionable statistic yhey are over represented in the crime department. So there.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    sapfu

    Queensland has gone back to the bad old days of the Jo Bjelke-Pietersen where civil rights were trampled under foot. This new guy is a fascist, pure and simple.
    Today we are targeting the bikies because they are ovious and an easy target (mind you, I think I would check the level of armour plating in my car).
    Tomorrow it will be the Greens and environmentalists who speak out against what the government is doing. And after that it will be anyone who opposes what the government wants.
    Fascism pure and simple

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Alistair

    Hi Scotch mystery, although it would give me passing satisfaction, I will stick to my principles. I simply will not enter into a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

  • Reply February 3, 2014

    Sandy

    I feel sorry for Queensland police having to enforce the Nazi whimsy of that dangerous fruit and nut job, Campbell.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Goldie

    All the bleeding hearts who bought “Free the Yandina 5″ Tshirts might like to reconsider. Today’s Courier Mail reveals that most of the 5 have drug trafficking, weapons and explosives charges also pending. It would some to be a little less naive.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Tracey

    The operative word in these laws is ‘Association’. The actual members of the OMG are not the people being targeted, but the people who associate with them be they family or friends, or others who may be doing so unknowingly. These new laws of association extend to social riding groups including Ulysses who ride Harley Davidsons and wear patches. This social group as a rule are over fifty years old and made up of couples who like to ride their bikes on a Sunday and socialise but they do this in groups of more than two and can be pulled over by the police and charged. There is no denying the criminal activities OMG are involved in, but the targets of these laws are not the bikies themselves or their activities. It cannot be stressed strongly enough that these laws are an abuse of the rights of every day people to be able to associate in public with whom they wish, to be able to ride a motorbike on any public road or highway without fear of being challenged for doing nothing wrong, to be able to hang out with mates in a group of more than two without fear of reprisals. At this moment there is a 25yr old girl in QLD who has had to break the lease on her rental property, sell her car and all her possessions and move back home with her parents in order to pay for her boyfriends legal costs. Her boyfriend has no association with any OMG but was hired to fit out a shop by the leader of one. He was arrested for ‘association’, that was two weeks ago and he is still in solitary confinement, his girlfriend is in hiding. If you think these laws are ok and don’t effect you then your head is in the sand and you’re prepared to accept whatever the Government tells you at face value. I for one am not and have done my research. Every person should do the same or risk being as fascist as the QLD Government.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Nikki

    My concerns exactly, Tracey. And Goldie, I don’t suggest that bikies are innocent victims. It is great that the police have charged those bikies with committing crimes (drugs, weapons etc) and they will face the courts to answer for that but to arrest them for buying ice-cream is to further clog an already over-burdened court system. These laws are taking the focus and police time away from catching people doing ‘actual’ dangerous things and they inadvertently catch innocent fish in the net too .

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Goldie

    Tracey – Ulysses have not been declared an OMG and therefore their members and associates have nothing to fear from the new laws. Maybe do some research before shooting off the mouth.

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      Sandy

      But how long before they are, Goldie? It’s my understanding that many bikers of other clubs join Ulysses for the great benefits they offer. How long until it is found that Ulysses may be harboring “an undesirable” in their ranks?

      I think many will agree that bikers who feel the need to join gangs and wear patches are in the main a bunch of try hard wankers who can’t stand on their own two feet and need a group of thugs to back their neanderthal ways, but If we agree that it is wise to imprison people because they merely associate with somebody who has been found guilty of committing a crime in the past, how many of us will remain out of prison? Not me.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Goldie

    Sandy – I don’t think you have any understanding of a complex problem. It might pay to take a look at the legislation and not just read sensational headlines in newspapers. The librarian in question was a patched member of a CMG and was associating with other members of a CMG. I guess if you do a similar thing, you will be committing an offence. Just associating with anybody who has a criminal conviction is not an offence. There used to be a crime called ‘consorting’ but that was wiped from the statute books many years ago – not sure if it still exists in other States. Let’s concentrate on what is actually happening and not what you dream might happen. Face it, these laws are dealing with people who are scum.

    • Reply February 6, 2014

      Barney

      Goldie! you are a fool or one of coward newmans trolls, women can not be patched members of an outlaw club and members of the Ulysses have been refused service at bottle shops and petrol stations, so get your facts right before you run off at the mouth.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Sandy

    Praps you’re right Goldie. Any chance of linking the legislation? I do know that when it was only a bill brought forth for actual approval it needed immediate change because it meant that the solicitors and barristers of defendants would be held to account as associate gang members. Please o wise one, enlighten me.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    RhodaD

    Would appreciate some legal input here.

    • Reply February 4, 2014

      ro.watson

      Bachelor of jurisprudence 70s , bachelor of laws early 80s. I have given “input” professionally and personally~ practiced in the 80s and 90s~here and there. Ditto Master of Laws~ not completed~ at the University of Western Australia~ mostly in criminology subjects which I completed with high distinctions~ until I was multiply raped, and was overcome by getting a sexually transmissible disease and an avoidance of um, er, traumatic symptoms. Yes, legal input of a high order is required for every one who wears a patched narrative. Meanwhile, I love librarians who show and tell and open doors to all kinds of learning. Ditto those who keep bookshops.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    ro.watson

    I nearly finished a master of laws Rhoda D mostly in criminology(lots of high distinctions) and a bachelor of jurisprudence and a bachelor of laws~ the latter degrees accomplished in some bad old days when I also practiced law~ 80s and 90s. Yip. Bring on the legal input.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    RhodaD

    Ditto anyone who had can add to the narrative, Ro. A degree is all well and good but sometimes native intelligence trumps it.
    Love xx

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    ro.watson

    Raped by two men, strangers, once each in my house~in a pack attack~ and the collective adverb/noun is? Later a single predator on a holiday island, Rottnest, off Perth. Welcome to my world.

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    ro.watson

    I could go on about other transgressions, the numbing sensation of not being believed in an apparently loving relationship, but it all comes down to whether the patch you wear and which attaches to your narrative, and your status, is credible in public? May I predict a contest and a context of differential status?

  • Reply February 4, 2014

    Tracey

    Goldie, I didn’t say Ulysses were an OMG but they are a group of people riding motorbikes in a large group who wear patches on their jackets. What I said was it is not a big stretch of the imagination to see this group of people also come under the laws of association. Regardless of who the person is or what they stand for, a human being should be able to ‘associate’ with whoever they want to. This law goes against those basic rights.

  • Reply March 7, 2014

    ktonline

    Song & video casting a satirical look at the attack on motorcycle associations with the bikie laws. http://youtu.be/-PQp6fOoOPg

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