http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/11/14/11/01/moves-to-outlaw-vic-criminal-bikie-gangs New laws will enable police to strike pre-emptively against criminal bikie gangs and make interstate orders enforceable in Victoria. The legislation introduced into Victorian parliament on Wednesday gives police the power to apply to the Supreme Court to order criminal bikie gangs and other gangs to be declared banned. Once an organisation is declared illegal, the court can then make control orders banning members of that group from associating or participating in gang activities, including riding together and wearing their club colours and emblems. Attorney-General Robert Clark says the legislation allows for control orders in other states to be enforceable in Victoria."It's important that these gangs are not able to simply shift their operation from one jurisdiction to another," he told reporters.Individuals who breach a control order will face up to five years' jail and organisations can be fined up to $400,000 and have assets confiscated.Laws cracking down on criminal bikie groups in South Australia and NSW were struck down by the High Court after successful challenges by bikie gangs.But Mr Clark said he was confident the Victorian legislation would stand up to a High Court challenge as it was based on normal judicial process."The South Australian legislation provisions, the part that was struck down by the High Court, sought ... to have the court give effect to a decision of the government," he said."We are saying all along this is a matter for Victoria Police to make a decision to put the information before the court."Police may apply to the Supreme Court to hold closed hearings if sensitive criminal intelligence needs to be raised. Mr Clark said while bikie gangs operate under a pretence of legality the feedback from law enforcement agencies across Australia was that they were involved in serious criminal activity, such as drug trafficking, extortion, violence and arson. "The current law means that police are acting against individual criminal offences and prosecuting those particular offences," he said."But the police do not have the power to act pre-emptively against gangs to strike at the entire activity of the gang; that is the gap that this legislation will fill."Serious criminal activity is defined as systematic and organised activity involving offences carrying jail time of more than 10 years. The government hopes to have the legislation passed by parliament before Christmas and plans to introduce more bills to allow police to remove criminal bikie and other gangs' fortifications early next year.