Protest against "criminal association" laws
Nationwide Capitals Protest
Parliament Lawns Hobart, Sunday December 1, at 10am
We should never consent to laws which apply only to a particular section of the community.
The Queensland provisions mark an escalation of a series of “criminal association” laws passed by state governments, Labor and Liberal alike, since 2001, eroding basic democratic rights, including free speech, freedom of association and the right to remain silent, on the pretext of combating “bikie gangs.”
The alarmist terminology of the Queensland laws, such as the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act, is designed to whip up hysteria against “bikies,” as the pretext for overturning basic legal rights.
Under this act, anyone convicted of committing a declared serious offence while a “participant” in an association (which includes taking part in one event), will be declared a “vicious lawless associate,” unless they can prove that the association does not have a purpose of “engaging in, or conspiring to engage in, declared offences.” This not only reverses the burden of proof for a criminal trial, but such proof may be impossible...