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Statement about Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013

Posted on by Tim Wilson
A number of media outlets have continued to contact me on the implementation of Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013, commonly referred to as the Queensland Anti-Bikie Laws.

I will not assume the position as Australian Human Rights Commissioner until later this month, or early next month. However, I have previously made statements criticizing the laws. My statements are available here and here. I stand by those statements.

Should you wish to attribute a title to these statements, or those below, I recommend “Australia’s next Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson”. Additional comments can be found here:

“These laws a classic demonstration of what happens when human rights are diluted from sacrosanct consistent principles for preserving the dignity of the individual to otherwise worthy, inconsistent societal aspirations”.

“These laws are a demonstration of the worst consequences of what happens when people are treated as groups under the law, and not as individuals”.

“The traditional human right of free association is directly under attack by these laws which simply seek to criminalise Australians associating with other Australians.

“Bikies have just as much right to freely associate as all other Australians. If individuals or gangs are engaged in criminal behaviour the government should pursue their criminal conduct to the full extent of the law”.

“The imprisonment of people for free association that are not otherwise engaged in criminal activity is deeply, deeply disturbing. The fact that other States have and continue to look at replicating these laws is equally disturbing”.

“Let me make this clear – if bikies are engaged in criminal conduct they should be pursued by Police, but they should not be charged for simply associating”.

“These laws have been defended by the Queensland governments because some bikies are criminals. The laws operate on the assumption that bikies are criminals. No doubt some bikies are criminals, but that does not justify making free association illegal”.

“Based on the media reports of the use of these laws it appears that they are deliberately being used to make examples of individuals who are not engaged in other criminal conduct”.

“I have deep concerns about the consistent application of these laws and how some individuals appear to be treated once charged, including punishment of criminals because of public comments by their family members”.

“The Queensland anti-bikie laws are inconsistent with an individual’s right to freely associate and should be repealed”.