Seven out of 10 Queenslanders want the state’s anti-bikie laws to remain, although the same number say innocent riders could be unfairly targeted.
Public support for Queensland’s controversial anti-bikie laws has risen, and most want to see more measures introduced, government surveys have found.
However, more than 70 per cent still feel recreational riders could be unfairly targeted by the legislation and half felt the same about legitimate businesses.
The state government surveyed 1200 Queenslanders in June about the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment law and its anti-association laws and found increased support compared to a similar survey carried out in December.
The laws, which are being challenged in the High Court, were introduced in October in response to public bikie gang violence.
Just over three quarters of people in the June survey said they wanted the laws to remain, while 20 per cent said they should be axed.
The government says the number of those who strongly agreed with the measures rose from 48 per cent in December to 57 per cent in June.
“(The figures may) indicate that the general public has largely come to accept the need for the laws and measures, in spite of some ongoing concerns about specific elements of the laws,” the report says.
More people also supported the government’s move to declare bikie gangs and their club houses illegal.
Just under half now strongly support the laws preventing three or more gang members meeting in a public place, up from 39 per cent in December.
There was no change in the number that don’t support proposed special prison sections for bikie criminals which sits at just over 40 per cent.
In December about 57 per cent said they would support the government imposing additional measures to make it more difficult for bikie gangs to operate in the state.
Nine months later this figure rose to 65 per cent.
Fewer people said they were worried about bikie gangs with 45 per cent now saying they weren’t concerned at all about the groups.
About 40 per cent said they thought politicians had exaggerated the bikie gang problem in Queensland, down from 55 per cent last year.