Banned tradies won't be told why
....so people who are in legitimate work , and who may be associated with a bike club will be forced out of their trade so they can go and earn an " honest living" wtf are these cunts on ?
As I've said before ,where do they think trades people get the time to be criminal, and with the money that's being made now, why would you need to?
- The Australian
- March 04, 2014
From July, plumbers, builders and electricians have to resign their gang membership and associations with bikies or face automatic deregistration.
Police have already begun compiling secret "criminal intelligence" files on tradesmen with suspected links to the 26 gangs outlawed last year.
But under the laws, the tradesmen and their lawyers will be prevented from hearing or testing the police allegations of their bikie links that are given to regulators or in closed hearings for workers' appeals.
Civil libertarians and the unions have condemned the police secrecy, saying that even suspected terrorists were allowed the right to have their lawyers present and challenge allegations at closed hearings relating to national security.
Queensland's industrial unions estimate as many as 400 Queensland tradesmen have been members or associates of motorcycle gangs, which could lead to their licences being cancelled on the grounds of being an "associate".
Under the amendments, the Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal or the Supreme Court may "receive evidence and hear argument about the criminal intelligence in the absence of parties to the proceeding and their representatives".
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman said the legislation had introduced a "regime of secret evidence" that deprived the worker of being able to hear and challenge the allegations made against them.
Mr O'Gorman invoked the Fitzgerald inquiry as evidence Queensland police had a history of lying about people.
"To deprive someone of their livelihood, thereby pushing a family into poverty, on the basis of evidence that person can never see is an absolute abomination," he said.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie defended the laws, saying they would "protect an ongoing investigation or police intelligence, including the identity of witnesses".
Electrical Trades Union state secretary Peter Simpson said he had been advised that a tradesman could be stripped of his right to work even if he had resigned from a gang.
"The ETU is not about defending bikie gangs, this is about the rule of law, the presumption of innocence and the right of people to be told of any allegation and to defend it," Mr Simpson said.
State Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the laws covering tradesmen were unfair.