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Qld bikie laws create 'deep KAP concerns'

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Katter's Australian Party members have added their names to the list of key crossbenchers with "concerns" about proposed anti-gang legislation in Queensland.

The votes of crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth could be crucial for Labor to get its reforms through the state's hung parliament.

But Mr Knuth on Wednesday reiterated the party's previous concerns about banning club colours from being worn - a provision the Palaszczuk government wants to extend to cover not just pubs and clubs, but all public spaces.

"We have to evaluate on what the public says about it and on how we feel about it," Mr Knuth said.

"On the other side of it, we are deeply concerned in one of the government's amendments that relate to colours and likewise the patches."

The party will have a briefing with Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath on Wednesday evening.

Mr Knuth said it was "a load of nonsense" to take away all the hard work police had already done by changing the rules about club colours.

But he was also positive about the bill passing through the usual parliamentary committee process, as opposed to the former Newman government's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) Act being put in place with little consultation in 2013.

Mr Knuth said he'd been getting feedback from law-abiding bikies - who simply loved to joyride and associate on weekends - that they were still being victimised.

The party's concerns about the bill follow similar sentiments by Speaker Peter Wellington and Cairns MP Rob Pyne, who were worried about the potential impact upon individual rights and the freedom to associate.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday refused to speculate on whether she may need to make compromises to get the bill through the house.

The reforms will increase maximum sentences for fraud and child exploitation offences, replace current anti-association laws with a NSW-style consorting offence, and allow courts to set post-conviction control orders for those convicted of crimes carrying a serious crime circumstance of aggravation.

The legislation will be introduced on September 13.

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