Bikie Gangs: Tattoo Parlour Act 2012 (NSW) See http://bit.ly/roliaomcgsfor other case studies on the rule of law and bikie gangs www.ruleoflaw.org.au
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Why was the Tattoo Parlour Act 2012 (NSW) created? Second reading speech in the NSW Legislative Assembly by the Hon Anthony Roberts MLA: • Fatal brawl at Sydney Airport in March 2009 prompted by the Hell’s Angels’ opening a tattoo parlour on the Commanchero’s turf • Strict regulation and licences for parlours so motorcycle gangs feel that they no longer own the industry • To prevent extortion of owners of parlours not affiliated with the gangs 3 May 2012
How are the tattoo parlours regulated? • Operator licence: police check to apply for a licence to operate a tattoo parlour • Individual licence: police check for persons applying to be a tattoo artist • Checks involve fingerprinting the applicant and disclosing close associates in their application for a licence • Police powers which allow premises to be tested for explosives and drugs • There is a clear avenue to appeal a refusal for a licence in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
All inked out? • What requirements does the Tattoo Parlour Act 2012 (NSW) place on owners of tattoo parlours and tattoo artists? • What do you think would happen should a tattoo artist have a criminal record involving bikie gangs? • How would a person appeal a refusal to issue a licence?
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