As regular readers will know from one of my earlier posts, we don’t celebrate bonfire night here in Australia, and I’m sure we are not the only country that doesn’t celebrate it either. But it seems that Guy Fawkes might also be remembered perhaps for something different; Remember Remember the Fifth of November may soon come to be related to the…
Million Mask March
Apparently demonstrations were held in something like 400 cities around the world to protest against, well, just about anything. We had one here in Brisbane; for us though, we seem to have something more specific concerning us.
The Queensland Government’s new laws
Just lately me and Mrs Bobinoz have been watching Queensland’s Seven News with our mouths in that half open aghast kind of position; I think it’s commonly referred to as “jawdropping”.
We haven’t really believed what we’ve been hearing.
The only time our mouths moved from this jawdropping position was to say things to each other like “He can’t do that, can he?”
Apparently he can, and so far he has, after all the man behind this is the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman whose nickname when he was mayor of Brisbane was ‘Can Do Newman’.
It all started, apparently, with a bit of a punch-up in a restaurant in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast towards the end of September. It involved a couple of bikie gangs and has led to a government crackdown and the pushing through in Parliament of some new laws.
Now, I’m all for law and order and doing anything we can to make the streets of Queensland and all of Australia as safe as possible. I also try to stay away from politics as much as I can on this website, although as politics affect our daily lives, that’s not always possible to do.
After all, this website is all about what it’s really like to live in Australia.
Living in a democratic society, there are other values which I hold dear and almost take for granted, in particular innocent until proven guilty and freedom of speech and association.
Fast forward about five weeks from that Gold Coast punch-up and this video appears on YouTube…
Some have interpreted the ending “expect us” as a direct threat to Campbell Newman. Because of that, the guy who made this video was arrested by police but “expect us” is, apparently, their motto. He was later released without charge.
I should think so too, he is only exercising his right to free speech and let’s face it, it is hard to disagree with anything Mr Scary Mask Man has to say.
If you want to read the document yourself just to check that what Mr Scary Mask Man has told you is in fact what it says, you can view it all instantly by clicking the link below…
I have read this document and, to be sure, have also searched it for the words “bikie”, “bike” and “gang” but none of those words exist within this Bill. But I did see the words “corporation”, “unincorporated association”, “club”, “league”, or “any other group of three or more persons by whatever name called, whether associated formally or informally and whether the group is legal or illegal.”
So, although the media constantly talk about “anti bikie laws” it’s difficult to see how these laws are specifically about bikies, they can just as easily be about book clubs with more than three members.
If I were a member of a book club and one of the other members was a bank robber, then by association I could be could be found guilty of committing an offence and jailed for a minimum of six months.
Better cancel my book club membership then.
I’m not the only one who thinks these new laws are outrageous, see:
- Queensland anti-bikie laws: We’re all criminals now
- Freedoms and Rights concerns in QLD bikie laws
- New Queensland government laws dangerous: Fitzgerald
Yes, it is a big concern. For that reason, I nominate Campbell Newman and his government as Australian bad things. It’s partly my fault, I helped vote them in, but I was kind of hoping they would relax the swimming pool fence laws which are overly ridiculous. After all, they said in their pre-election promises that they were looking to cut as much red tape as possible in this nanny state.
Instead I have to be careful who I share my swimming pool with, otherwise, by association, I could end up in jail. Queensland has been known as the “Sunshine State” and the “Smart State” in the past, soon it may be known as the “Scary State”.
I’m so angry about this, I could buy a bike.