Hey Queensland, the 19th century called and wants its prison
The Sunshine State has stepped into the dark
ages, courtesy of the crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs.
The State Government's tough on crime approach
to incarcerated bikies has crossed the line from zero tolerance
to simply inhumane.
Bikies jailed for who they are, not what they
have done, being kept in isolation cells for 23 hours a day -
that's no human contact at all.
A tiny cell with a slit in the door, a bed, a
toilet bolted to the cell floor. No TV or newspapers. They have
books but these guys aren't big readers.
No access to exercise.
And now, no natural light.
Yes, the Newman Government is building metal
walls outside bikie prison cells so that they can't look
All they have to do for 23 hours each day is
to look at concrete walls.
So determined is the Government to ostracise
the bikie population, they have draped material across windows
to block the view until the walls are built. Can you imagine
what that must be like?
If you locked a dog for 23 hours every day in
a shed, you'd risk being charged by the RSPCA with animal
But suddenly it's OK to jail a human for 23
hours a day.
Is Daniel Morcombe's alleged killer being
subject to the same treatment? No.
How about sex offenders? Rapists? No and no.
This cruel and unusual punishment is reserved
for bikies. Top criminal lawyer Bill Potts compared it to
Guantanamo Bay and described the tactics as torture.
For once, I agree with him.
Our learned Attorney-General, armed with his
encompassing education at the University of the Sunshine Coast
and the Queensland University of Technology, is dragging
Queensland into dangerous legal territory.
The message is spreading around the world.
Even Al Jazeera is looking at exposing our
"inhumane" laws, approaching key stakeholders in the legal
Despite the good that Taskforce Takeback and
Maxima have achieved in getting bikies off the streets, Jarrod
Bliejie's crusade risks turning the tide of public opinion. Not
for bikies, but against oppression.
The hysteria has now spread to people who
count these people as friends, with police warning it was no
longer "socially acceptable" to be friends with a bikie.
Excuse me … police are ordering Queenslanders
who they can and can't befriend?
This legislative crackdown is nothing more
than a blatant potential vote winner at a time when the LNP is
on the nose with the electorate and with Campbell Newman
uncertain to hold Ashgrove come the next election, perhaps the
A-G could be positioning himself as heir apparent?
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: "Beware that, when
fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster ... for
when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss gazes also into