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AU -Bikies threaten to sue pubs over gang colour ‘discrimination’‏

November 25, 2009

AU -Bikies threaten to sue pubs over gang colour ‘discrimination’‏

THEY call themselves outlaws but there’s a point at which even the bikies draw a line – and this is it. Don’t outlaw them from the pub.

Members of at least 21 of the state’s bikie gangs are preparing to sue the 53 pubs, clubs, hotels and cocktail bars from Wollongong to The Entrance where they are banned if they turn up for a drink wearing club colours or their trademark bikie jewelry.

They claim the bars are breaching the Anti-discrimination Act, the Human Rights Commission Act and probably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which has been adopted by Australia. To coin a phrase, it’s the whole vibe of the thing.

Barrister Wayne Baffsky, who has drafted legal letters for the banned bikies to present to pubs and clubs on the list, said the law was for everyone.

“The whole tenor of the Acts is to prevent people from being discriminated against by virtue of how they look, their disability or their age,” Mr Baffsky said.

“How they appear because of their clothes is an extension of how they appear because of their disability or their age.”

After gauging reaction from the bars, the United Motorcycle Council NSW plans to take action on behalf of all the clubs.

The council was formed earlier this year as a reaction to the government clampdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs following the brawl between the Hells Angels and Comanchero at Sydney Airport which left one man dead.

Council spokesman Ferret, a member of the Finks, yesterday disputed police claims that the bans were needed because bikies wearing their colours were intimidating and more prone to violence.

“If they go somewhere and play up they should be banned but not if they are only going for a drink,” Ferret, a teetotaller, said.

Black Uhlans life member Webber has been drinking in his local pub for 30 years, 28 of those since he got his colours. “Suddenly out of the blue, they said you can’t come here dressed like that. What’s the difference?” he asked.

NSW Police drug and alcohol co-ordination unit head Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke said police would continue to support licensees who had a condition on their license that prevented bikies wearing their insignia being on their premises.

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