Bikie laws overwhelmingly target Indigenous Australians, police watchdog reveals

Controversial laws introduced to target bikies in New South Wales are instead overwhelmingly used against Indigenous Australians, an internal memo from the state’s police watchdog has revealed.

The state’s Law Enforcement and Conduct Commission (LECC) has quietly launched a review of the use of consorting powers, with preliminary findings revealing Aboriginal Australians are dramatically over-represented in the use of the law in NSW.

According to the memo, which has subsequently been circulated to a parliamentary committee investigating high rates of Aboriginal incarceration in NSW, the LECC’s analysis found 40% of people subject to consorting laws in NSW between February 2019 and June 2020 were Indigenous.

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