Queensland considers pink prison outfits for motorbike gangs
Agence France-Presse in Sydney
Members of criminal gangs could be forced to wear "embarrassing" bright pink overalls in prison under a plan being considered by an Australian state as it cracks down on outlaw motorcyclists.
Queensland police minister Jack Dempsey said he was thinking about replacing the olive green clothing with something which made the prisoners stand out more, with fluorescent pink in his sights.
State premier Campbell Newman said hot pink prison uniforms, used in parts of the United States, were a great idea for incarcerated members of gangs.
"They are bullies. They like to wear scary looking gear, leather jackets, they have the tattoos, they have their colours," he said. "We know that telling them to wear pink is going to be embarrassing for them."
Queensland last week passed tough laws to combat outlaw motorcycle gangs as authorities seek to destroy what they describe as "criminal organisations" that have become a growing menace across the country with links to drugs and guns.
Under the legislation, which names gangs such as the Bandidos, Hells Angels, Rebels and the Finks as criminal organisations, members face having 15 years added to any prison term, while authorities will have the power to destroy motorcycles.
Newman confirmed at the weekend that state attorney general Jarrod Bleijie had been threatened by gangs since the laws were passed, but did not elaborate.
"There have been threats made. That's as far as I'm going," Newman said. "The government went in with our eyes open.
"We know these are criminal gangs, people who manufacture drugs, distribute them, create misery in our community, bash people up, threaten people, murder people on occasions and also rape.
"They are just absolute criminals and we knew they would not go quietly."