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(qld) push is on to make bikie laws in qld and nationwide

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by waedwe, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/800649/govt-urged-to-put-brakes-on-bikie-laws

    Queensland's police commissioner wants nationwide anti-bikie laws introduced, despite the country's peak civil liberties body saying Australia is heading for "disaster" by moving too quickly to adopt them.

    The federal attorney-general and his counterparts from each state and territory will meet in Canberra this week to discuss the introduction of nationwide anti-bikie laws.

    Queensland Police commissioner Bob Atkinson says he supports the move, arguing motorcycle gangs posed a direct threat to the community.

    But Australian Council for Civil Liberties (ACCL) president Terry O'Gorman says governments are acting with undue speed to adopt a uniform law in response to an incident last month at Sydney Airport in which a man was killed.

    "There's no reason to hurry these laws through. There hasn't been a threat for bikies to take over all of society," he said.

    "Federal and state Labor politicians are with effortless ease about to import draconian anti-terror legislation into mainstream criminal law," he said.

    "Leaving the framing of anti-biker laws involving serious interference with fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of association to law enforcement agencies and bureaucrats will be a disaster for civil liberties in this country," Mr O'Gorman said.

    Instead, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) should refer the concept to the independent Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to drive the process, he said.

    Mr O'Gorman said this would allow the ALRC to take an evidence- and research-based approach to the concept, something he believes was absent when NSW Premier Nathan Rees pushed state anti-bikie laws through parliament at the beginning of April.

    The civil liberties advocate also criticised Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's approach.

    "By the end of her first post-election cabinet meeting she said it was too urgent to wait for SCAG and Queensland had to pass its own laws quickly," Mr O'Gorman said.

    Mr O'Gorman said law and order was the only area of public policy where new laws were urgently introduced without evidence being independently gathered and researched.

    He said there were well-established precedents for the ALRC to conduct thorough research before increasing police powers across Australia.

    However, Queensland police chief Atkinson said he would back any action that effectively stopped outlaw motorcycle gangs' criminal activities.

    "I would be supporting anything that would be dismantling them and that would help stop their activity," Mr Atkinson said, noting they engaged in prostitution, as well as the amphetamine drug trade.

    "The tactics and methods used by bikie gangs are brutal and ruthless.

    "The premier has already indicated that Queensland will look at the introduction of this legislation, and currently police together with representatives of the justice department at the premier's direction are preparing draft legislation for the cabinet to consider."
  2. Well, at least Mr O'Gorman isn't a sheep. :LOL:
  3. Re: (qld) push is on to make bikie laws in qld and nationwid

    Dear Mr Atkinson,

    How about a biological weapon that targets only men with beards who wear leather??!
    Or perhaps you could import a batch of poisoned methamphetamines to introduce onto the streets, like fox baits, etc?

    Oooh! Ooooh! I've got it! Why don't you embark upon a genetic study to determine at birth, whcih children are likely to grow up to be bikies so they can be drowned at the hospital before they age and become a problem?

    :)arrow: Just while you're supporting "any action" against motorcycle gangs.)

    And one final question: how can we trust the government to limit the reach of oppressive legislation to the perfect persecution of criminals only, when you speak of your own purview in such idiotically broad terms?
  4. Its about time we got a bill of rights in this country. We have no freedoms or liberty here. We need freedom of association, freedom of speech etc etc, or we had may as well not be a democracy.
  5. Well they can't introduce these laws in Vic, full stop.

  6. Is that because of our Bill of Rights? I hope your right, i really do.
  7. Sortta correct not bill of rights but Human Rights Charter. Download a copy of it and read though. It acually is a great tool for us Victorians.

    Just try it on big brother :twisted:
  8. Ah right.

    Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act, 2006 Act No. 43/2006

    Is that it? Having a read now.
  9. Bill of Rights? You have been watching too much US television.
  10. Our version of the same shit GreyBM :LOL:

    Was going to mention it when this topic was brought up but forgot about it
    after reading crap by a minority.
  11. Well, you're all bloody crims now, arent you. And you don't even know it!