One bikie's view: Unions are the real target for government
FIRSTLY, I would like to thank your team for doing an excellent job of reporting the issues at hand with regards to the VLAD laws.
While there is no doubt some of your readers who are right now looking at this and saying to themselves "My god he's banging on about this again..." this is most definitely an issue that affects every single one of us and the fact that the Attorney General/Minister for Justice took an interest to address me personally should be proof enough that they are scared of what I have to say.
They are trying to play magic tricks to misdirect the true topic and what is actually at stake here.
While the Premier's team is happy that VLAD is being addressed as the "bikie laws" we need to remember that bikies, bikers, motorcycle riders, mechanics, Donald Duck and the tooth fairy are never mentioned once in the legislation (sidebar - does anyone else think it is strange that these laws were seemingly whipped from someone's posterior overnight? I am sure that nobody is gullible enough to believe it. For a 29-page document to be introduced as a new law it takes a vast amount of time to draft, write, rewrite and scrutinise before it's released, which can take 12-18 months or more).
The reason why none of the above were never mentioned was because these were not the criminal organisations that were in the sights of the government. The government was waiting to use these laws to dissolve unions and strip away the rights of every worker in Queensland.
Now you may be wondering how the hell this would happen, and I wouldn't blame anyone for not only asking the questions but possibly using any number of expletives while they were at it.
It is simple and explained conveniently in the new laws themselves.
But to get to the point I will say that it only takes a union member in a picket line to start a bit of push and shove, and for someone's personal property to be damaged (whether it be a skinned knee or a broken rear view mirror), and that can be called an illegal act and common practice in the union (organisation).
It can as such be declared a criminal organisation and, at the whim of the government and with the swipe of a pen, that union can be added to the list of banned organisations along with the 26 bikie gangs (even though one is fictitious).
Seems fairly logical that they amend the laws to include places where these criminals cannot work (construction and tow truck operators are the two largest unions in the country - the Trades union and Transport Workers Union)
Now guess what has happened after the unions have been added to the list of criminal organisations?
Nobody has any rights to gathering over anything work related.
Forget about nurses' or teachers' strike action - you will be told "go back to work or be arrested". Now as it turns out, bikers were thrown into the crosshairs of the government with all this simply because a few peanuts marched into the Broadbeach Police Station and carried on like pork chops.
These laws are not only not needed (laws have been in place for hundreds of years to deal with criminals based on evidence, proof and due process of the law) but they strip away the rights of every man, woman and child in Queensland.
Personally I cannot wait until the Premier's office chokes down this letter, as I am sure that at least one person there will have a conniption over this.
But to you, the readers, looking at this and scratching your heads, I will simply say that if you do not believe me then do not take my word on any of this.
VLAD is available for anyone to look at and I hope that you do.
Neil Briscoe, Warwick