To: Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie

Repeal the Qld Bikie Laws Immediately: Restore Democracy in Queensland

Repeal the Qld Bikie Laws Immediately: Restore Democracy in Queensland

Dear Premier/Attorney General,

The raft of legislation you have implemented since last October, known as “the Bikie laws” are unjust, unfair and unnecessary.

The laws violate numerous basic standards of human rights recognised by the international community and which Australia and her states and territories are legally obliged to uphold, protect and respect including:

a) the right to freedom of association as guaranteed by article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);
b) the right to equality before the law as guaranteed by article 14 of the ICCPR;
c) the right to take part in public affairs including the right to comment on such drastic legislation as guaranteed by article 25 of the ICCPR;
d) the right to not be subject to arbitrary detention as guaranteed by article 6 of the ICCPR;
e) the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by article 19 of the ICCPR;
f) the right to work as guaranteed by article 6 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR);
g) the right to not be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment such as solitary confinement as guaranteed by article 16 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment.

These rights form the basic building blocks of democratic fair-go society that Australians hold dear. The rights are not negotiable.

By virtue of articles 26, 27 and 29 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the Queensland government is equally obliged along with the federal government of ensuring that Australia’s binding legal obligations to the international community are upheld and respected and not crudely violated.

Thus far, the Bikie laws have led to injustice, arbitrary detention and cruel punishment by way of solitary confinement. They have not properly addressed the problems for which they were allegedly passed into law and have ultimately been very unpopular in the electorate. Everyday Queenslanders will not be hoodwinked by the hijinks of lazy fear mongering politics by way of “Tough on Law and Order” sloganeering. Your government must treat its constituents with respect and uphold their rights. However, with the enactment of the Bikie laws it appears as though you are doing the opposite and treating your constituents and our fair-go democracy with contempt.

As Queenslanders and Australians, we are significantly concerned about the extreme nature of the Bikie laws and their radical departure from the yellow brick road of fair dinkum democracy. The amendments radically extend the power of executive government at the expense of the courts and the basic rights of all Queenslanders.

The Queensland people call on the Newman government to remember their oaths of office and the terms on which they were elected by the people, to restore genuine democracy in Queensland and immediately repeal the Bikie laws.

Why is this important?

Imagine being sentenced to solitary confinement for 6 months just for drinking a beer in the pub with your mates? Sounds like North Korea? Welcome to Queensland in 2014. The freedoms of your friends and family are under serious threat. Our democracy is being destroyed. Under the laws a group of 3 or more people in a public place can be imprisoned in solitary confinement for up to 6 months just for associating. The legislation does not mention the words "bikie" or "outlaw motorcycle club". Under the law in Queensland now ANY organisation can be deemed "a criminal organisation". The process by which an organisation is banned by is not challengable. You could be next.

The rights to freedom of association, equality before the law, freedom of expression and to neither be arbitrarily detained nor subjected to cruel and unusual punishment are a fundamental and basic human right recognised by the international community. These fundamental human rights form the cornerstone of genuine democracy that we are fortunate to experience most of the time in the lucky country.

Australia has always prided itself on being an egalitarian fair-go democracy where equality before the law and the rule of law has been consistently upheld. The recent raft of legislation, known as the Bikie laws, enacted by the Newman Government violate and remove these basic non-negotiable rights from hard-working everyday Queenslanders.

Whilst the Newman government purported justification for passing the wide-reaching and invasive laws was a crackdown on criminal bikie gangs, the legislations wording does not mention Bikie gangs and therefore it has the potential to extend to everyday hard working Queenslanders. They deserve much better than this from the Queensland government.

The government is elected by the people and for the people. It is the government’s duty to ensure that the people retain their right to democracy and the rule of law. The Queensland government must remember its electoral mandate, respect democracy and the rule of law and immediately repeal the Bikie laws. Abundant and existing police and law and justice resources should be focussed on and targeted to addressing the real problem of criminal Bikie gangs within the wide scope of democratic freedoms. Freedom and justice are mutually reinforcing not mutually exclusive.

The Queensland people call on the Newman government to remember their oaths of office and the terms on which they were elected by the people, to restore genuine democracy in Queensland and immediately repeal the Bikie laws.

How it will be delivered

By hand


Reasons for signing

  • I thought the days of Joh Bjelke Peterson were over. No Upper House means no real govt or democracy.
  • its sooooo wrong and undemocratic--wake up newman
  • No one wants to live in Dictator Newman's police state.

Updates

2014-02-25 20:40:42 +1100

100 signatures reached

2014-02-25 01:02:22 +1100

50 signatures reached

2014-02-24 21:33:50 +1100

25 signatures reached

2014-02-24 15:57:22 +1100

10 signatures reached