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'Mongol' arrested under new Qld bikie laws

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Stuart Layt

An alleged Mongols gang member has been arrested in Brisbane for wearing club paraphernalia, the first person charged for breaching Queensland's revamped anti-bikie laws.

The 44-year-old man was arrested during a traffic stop at Hamilton around 12.30pm on Friday when he was allegedly found in possession of two gold rings with symbols associated with the Mongols, as well as gang colours and other paraphernalia.

The arrest is the first under the Palaszczuk government's revamped Serious and Organised Crime laws, which replaced the former LNP government's VLAD laws.

Police Minister Mark Ryan claims that under the previous Newman government's laws, the man would not have been charged.

"Our Serious and Organised Crime legislation gives police more powers, not less," Mr Ryan said in a statement.

"These laws have the support of the police and have been described as being the strongest laws in Australia to tackle organised crime."

The laws were only passed two weeks ago during the last sitting of state parliament for the year, with the LNP arguing the reforms represented a watering down of their VLAD laws.

"Bikie clubhouses will now reopen, bikies will be allowed to carry weapons and bikies will once again be free to run licensed premises," shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said in a statement after the bill passed.

The Hamilton man will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 9 on a charge of wearing a prohibited item in a public place.

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