Australia: Bikie War or Islamic Jihad?

What we know so far:

Sydney airport:

Six to 10 men of “Middle Eastern appearance” arrived at Terminal Three and asked staff for directions to arrival gate five where they bashed Mr Zervas, the brother of a Hells Angel, dead with an iron bar. All in broad daylight and in front of other passengers.

Ismail Erden, 26, of Kingsford, Maher Aouli, 28, of Casula, Pomare Pirini, 21, of Georges Hall, and Zoran Kisacanin, 22, of Ingleburn, have each been charged with one count of affray. More from The Age


Peter Faris, the Australian

THE Australian Federal Police and its Commissioner Mick Keelty have once again demonstrated that they cannot manage security issues. First it was the fiasco of the Haneef affair and now it is the bikie riot and alleged murder at the Sydney airport terminal. Security at airports is the responsibility of the AFP, yet it was nowhere to be seen when a bikie was bashed to death in the terminal in front of the travelling public. The alleged attackers then escaped by taxi.

After Mumbai and Lahore, what is even more frightening to consider is that jihadist terrorists could arrive at Sydney airport by taxi, shoot hundreds of people in the terminal, and escape by taxi. It seems there would be no intervention by AFP security or anti-terrorist police. This, of course, is much more attractive to the jihadists, because they would not need to die in suicide bomb attacks.

All of this shows that the AFP is the wrong organisation to deal with security. At the very least, these matters should be dealt with by state police, who have experience in dealing with violent criminals.

The AFP officers, all of whom have university degrees but no experience in dealing with street crime, do a sufficient job in tax and importation of drugs crimes but terrorists are way beyond their capabilities. Ideally, Australia should have an FBI-type organisation, staffed by the best and most experienced (and toughest) state police.

Between Haneef and the bikie incidents, the AFP has demonstrated it cannot handle suspected terrorists or fatal riots at the airport. There is much to be concerned about here.

The other federal law enforcement problem is that the Australian Crime Commission has grossly inadequate resources and funding. The ACC has had a bikie gang inquiry proceeding for some time but there is little evidence that it has had any impact on the gangs that are out of control in Sydney and Perth. Kevin Rudd’s recent cash handouts to citizens are no doubt very popular and buy votes, but in my opinion the money would be better spent on law enforcement.

It has often been pointed out that criminals do not recognise boundaries. Australia has seven police forces plus the AFP. In one sense we are over-policed but, because of the size of our country, there are usually not enough police to go around.

The state governments say they have no money and are unable to increase the size of their police forces. Certainly, in central Melbourne uniformed police are almost never seen on the streets and at night it is very dangerous near the clubs and bars: there are regular stabbings and deaths. Apparently nothing can be done.

The federal Government needs to become primarily responsible for law and order and the safety of its citizens, be it in a bar in Melbourne or an outback Aboriginal township. The state police must be the first line of attack, but the Prime Minister needs to greatly increase federal funding for law and order, both to the AFP and to the ACC. In the end, we pay nearly all our taxes to the federal Government. The economic recession we are suffering is being dealt with, rightly or wrongly, through huge cash handouts. That is all very well, but most people would rather forgo a $900 payment if they can feel safe in the streets or at airports.

Rudd needs to do four things. First, accept the simple principle that citizens pay their taxes and are therefore entitled to be safe on the streets. The primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens. Rudd must accept that the ultimate responsibility lies (or should lie) with the federal Government, which, after all, has almost all the funds. Two, fund a national anti-terrorist FBI-type force and remove this work from the AFP. Three, fully and properly fund the ACC as a national crime force. Four, review the failed AFP and get rid of Keelty.

Peter Faris QC is a former chair of the National Crime Authority.

11 thoughts on “Australia: Bikie War or Islamic Jihad?”

  1. Any British readers this is aimed at you!
    Luton March 28th demo in support of our armed forces.

    I shall be posting your post above in the UK.

  2. Surely just increasing the Police force is not going to solve the existing and future problems that are going to arise in cumulative order. Australia will be saddled with greater expenses by way of salaries, pensions, tables and chairs, offices, police vehicles and other nittly gritties including creating jobs and reducing unemployment.

    Surely there are people more sensible and more daring to know what the real cause for these irritations are. Get rid of these rubbish from the land and shores of Australia before they breed like pigs with four or more wives and over populate the country and become a drain on its resources not forgetting the violence that the country is going to beget if it goes on behaning like Chamberlain after his visit claiming ‘Peace in our times”.

    Act Australia before it is too late. Or, face the consequences.

  3. Bikies here in Australia were never good community samaratons like their “toy charity runs” attempted to purvey. They’re nothing more than prepubescent 30+ year olds who never grew up from high school. Being a thug doesn’t make you tough, infact it shows your true colours as a selfish little boy who doesn’t like it when he can’t get his own way.

    Most 13 year olds would have more mental maturity, accountablity, and intelligence than these neandathols. Grant AFP the powers they need to take a shoot now, ask later policy on bikies.

  4. I suspect that the new legislation will be used to provide the media with evidence that the pc jerks who control the police are actually accomplishing something. The real problem, muslim criminal gangs, will not be addressed.

  5. use are racist cunts trying to turn anything you can on muslims and shit fukk all use fukn religion racist pieces of shits fukn fagss fukk the media and fukk da masonics fukk the fukin israeli dogs and fuk u 2 all ya muva fukaz fuk u die slow muva fukaz…
    Fuk da goverment fuk bush killing the iraqis …pftt america says iraq needs help they killd sadam y r dey still in der for..fukn pigss n fuk da israelis tryna take da gazza strip you fukn migrated from russia u fukd up dogs u took most ov der land y would u wont more u greedy fuks

  6. Sean
    you are poor in english and you have a retarded intellect. I guess that your name is not Sean but mohammed whatever. Ok, you piece of muslim excrement – bugger off! Or are you too busy raping a family member??

  7. Back to the subject of bikie laws! I am patch wearing member of one of these clubs and have been for over 20 years. I dont know if i am the only one noticeing the bigest change to outlaw bikie way of life is the nationality of there members!!! Thank fck our club DOES NOT ALLOW none Australians to join it. 95% and more of the outlaw clubs themselves have been taken over internally by muslim orientated new members. They are nothing like the good old australian bikie from the 70’s. They are even worrying the few White Australian bikies left among their ranks. They have pushed just about all White Australians from their ranks. Take notice of the names you are reading in the news.
    You are reading about Abdool not Billy Smith! These guys hate white Australians and regard all of us as dogs. Sure bikies use to have our punch ups but we had an unwritten law that you would not take any shit home to a member of any rival club and threaten women or there children. It was kept for the pub or club runs. Drive by shooting are are regarded by the old auzzie bikie as week as piss. We oldskool auzzie bikies like to stand in front of the prick you have the problem with and take them on up the front. These new laws arnt the doing of the true auzzie bikie,for god sake the cops once even had some respect for us even though it was the slightest thread. Bikies have never been gangsters like the New Bikies of today. I am a Bikie and these Lebs and other war mongering races whom have infultrated the auzzie lifestyle are the cause of these new laws because they are gangsters and terriorists NOT TRUE AUSTRALIAN BIKIES.

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