Why Australia’s war on bikies will inevitably end in failure

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Approaching the two-year anniversary of Queensland’s bikie crackdown, some police have claimed victory. Other senior police, though, say the war will never be won.

This lack of consensus among police highlights problems with Australia’s approach to combating bikie gangs in Australia. Arrest and punishment have been the tools of trade in this war. But, in reality, the war is neither won nor over.

The ACT and South Australian governments have mooted similar draconian laws. A Queensland government taskforce is reviewing its laws to report back in September. How can we judge success and what lessons can we take away from this type of law-enforcement campaign?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2015


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