Letters from Politicians in WA
Our regular contributor Muzz from WA has received these two distinctly different replies from different political reps...
From the Greens:
Subject: RE: Control of Criminal Organisations Act 2011
Dear Mr. XXXX
Thank you for your letter of 10 February 2012 and your analysis of the Criminal Organisations Control Bill 2011.
My Greens colleagues and I share your assessment and concern regarding this Bill. As a party we fundamentally oppose any legislation that discriminates against an individual based upon their membership of a group.
As you point out, the Bill does not even include wording specific to the group that the Barnett Government purports to target and as such could be used to discriminate against any group of people. This Bill would breach the integrity, independence, and authority of the courts. Whatever the Bill’s stated intent, history has repeatedly witnessed the disastrous effects on individual freedom where legislation like this is on the books.
The Greens (WA) regard current legislation as adequate to deal with criminal activities associated with bikie gangs.
I have passed on your comments to my colleague, the Hon. Giz Watson MLC who is the Greens (WA) spokesperson for Justice. Ms Watson will be making comments on the Bill during the debate in Parliament. She will also be moving amendments aimed at narrowing the scope of the Bill, and to refer it to the Legislation Committee. Ultimately the Greens MLCs will vote against the Bill on principle.
Thank you for taking the initiative to write to a range of your representatives in Parliament.
Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC
Member for South Metropolitan Region
Parliament of Western Australia
Unit 7, 142 South Terrace
Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
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