Dear Jarrod, we need answers on bikie laws - now
The honest folk of Queensland need some answers - and need
Much is being said about the so-called Yandina 5 - a group
arrested under your new anti-bikie laws.
The suggestion is that one, who was delivering a pizza to
others in the group, has no previous criminal history and has never been a
member of a bikie gang.
He appears to have been arrested and jailed for being in
the wrong place at the wrong time.
If this is true, your promise that regular people going
about their business would not be affected by these laws has been caught out
as a lie.
If it is false, we need to know that immediately.
Since the laws were introduced there has been a
well-orchestrated campaign to frighten as many people as possible - or so
I was one who
told people not to be alarmed - "if you're not an outlaw bikie
you'll be safe".
I'm no fan of outlaw bikie gangs and have been a vocal
supporter of tough laws to rein them in but now I'm beginning to feel like
an increasingly nervous fool.
Of course I'm not alone. MP Peter Wellington, who
supported the laws when they were introduced, has now seen them in action
and wants them changed.
It's all about "everyone being equal before the law", he
He also has major questions, as do the rest of Queensland
and indeed the families of those arrested, as to how "associated" one has to
be before they are jailed.
He rightly questions what's going to happen on Anzac Day,
when Vietnam veterans gather to march. Mass arrests?
If innocent people, with no solid connection to outlawed
groups, can be thrown in jail for being in the wrong place at the wrong
time, the new laws are a farce.
It seems to many of us, Jarrod, that you're hiding
"The matter is before the courts" doesn't cut it when the
state of Queensland is living in fear and the
international community is comparing it to Nazi
Please prove the nay-sayers wrong. Give us the details of
why a man delivering a pizza should be in jail.
Tell us he has bikie-related prior criminal form, was a
member of an outlaw bikie gang - something.
Until you can show a just reason as to why a seemingly
innocent man is in jail this state will be in fear of the knock at the door.
* John Parker is APN Australian Regional Media online