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Riders still living in police state

Police at VLAD laws protest

Queensland riders are still living in a police state where they could be harassed, detained, charged and imprisoned for looking like a bikie and/or associating with them.

When elected in January 2015, the new Labor Government promised a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission review of the controversial so-called VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment) Laws by November.

Now it appears the CCC taskforce has extended its reporting deadline to March.

Meanwhile, the police argument to the taskforce to keep the current laws is based on the assumption that “outlaw bikies” (a term that is not clearly defined), are 25% more likely to commit crime.

If the same could be statistically proven for a particular race of people, should we then have punitive enforcement and penalties for all people of that race?

Of course not.

That would simply be wrong, wrong, wrong.

Riders at VLAD protest rally - vlad laws

Apart from the enormous insult to basic human rights that this argument represents, the VLAD approach to pigeon-hole policing has not been a success, anyway.

So far, 100 people have been charged under the VLAD Laws and only one has been convicted – and he was a drug smuggler with no association to any motorcycle club. He even used a plane to smuggle drugs, not a motorcycle.

Over-eager policing straight after the introduction of the VLAD Laws led to innocent riders being harassed and inconvenienced, including one man wearing a Sons of Anarchy t-shirt. Granted, that inept policing has waned in recent months.

However, riders should still be concerned about the existence of the ineffective VLAD Laws as they are spreading to other states.

The only state that has refused to go down this track is Victoria, under the new Labor Government.

  1. You are wrong about riders needing to be wary of VLAD.

    This legislation was written very carefully and fairly so that it can be used against *anyone*.

    Also “outlaw bikies”( or any variation of similar terms/meaning) does not appear in the legislation. The term ” motorcycle” does appear in the confiscatíon section where it clarifies “a motorcycle is a motor vehicle” in relation to asset confiscatíon.

  2. If you read the Vlad law you will be horrified as to how unspecific it is.
    Any organisation and any person could fall foul of this draconian and over reaching law.
    Technically the Broncos football club could be targeted by this law as some of their players and followers have committed crimes and have been involved with drugs. As could any Union business or charity.
    These laws were a poor copy of similar laws in the USA a place that claim to be the leaders of the free world and champions of freedom and democracy but the only thing that they are really champions of is hypocrisy.
    There is nothing of any worth in the Vlad laws that is not already in other laws and the parts that have silly people supporting them should not be law in any free society.

  3. Of course the current administration are putting off a decision as they realise that the laws actually do good. Sure any organisation could fall under the ambit of VLAD but IMHO if they are up to no good then what’s the problem? Crime shouldn’t pay … and the community has an expectation that criminals are dealt with harshly … especially drug dealers.
    These laws could be applied to paedophiles … how is that a problem? If bikies are not committing crime then they will not be charged … how hard is that to understand?

    1. Judith…..really?

      I ride a motorcycle and have tattoos and am not in a bikie gang etc.

      However I most definitely HAVE been harassed and pretty much stripped searched twice for no reason with no charge laid and no forthcoming explanation or apology. I was doing nothing wrong.

      So with all due respect, you have zero idea what you’re talking about here.

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