There’s a lot of talk about the bikie threat at the moment.
Media, Government, and the Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs all have their own interests in talking up the menace.
Which seems to miss the point that in Tuesday’s excitement it was the bikies who wound up dead.
(Bear in mind in the Downer murders it was the bikie associated Struan Bolas who went down as well.)
As far as we can tell, and without in any way pre-empting the trial, two older bikers Richard Roberts and Gregory Carrigan, aged 57 and 48, went to the house of the young Russell Field (aged 20) to cause trouble and are now in the morgue. In many an action movie one could imagine Russell Field as the hero of the piece.
Rather than anti-biker laws do we need to declare them a protected species? Or do we need a second gang in town to harden them up with some competition?