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Repeal the VLAD Act / anti-bikie laws and all associated acts.

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Mr Campbell Newman, we the people call on you to repeal the recent VLAD and associated Acts you have introduced in to our state of Queensland. These laws directly violate human rights by banning freedom of association. You're government has kept secret the information used to proclaim certain organisations as criminal organisations which denies people prosecuted under these unfair laws the right to be able to defend the evidence that is being used against them. Furthermore, your government is using these laws which we the people consider to be unjust, to imprison people simply for associating with others and to hold them in solitary confinement (up to 23 hours a day) prior to a trial by jury and any conviction being made. The laws you have enacted violate the United Nations Human Rights Charter to which our country is a signatory, by banning peoples right to associate with whom they choose and to free from arbitrary detention. You have also downplayed the role of judges/magistrates by introducing mandatory sentences of 15 years for committing 'declared offences' whilst being associated with a criminal organisation. As well as another 10 years in addition to the 15 for being an office-bearer of the organisation. This makes for 25 years mandatory imprisonment on top of any other sentence given for committing a crime on the Act's list of declared offences. In essence, an associate can receive 25 years jail or more for being convicted of drug trafficking, possession, supply, production, or money laundering or assault occasioning bodily harm simply for being what you loosely describe as being an associate. This is astounding when compared to the sentences given to normal individuals for much more heinous crimes such as murder and paedophilia. It is already illegal in the state of Queensland to do the things that certain individual members of motorcycle gangs may be doing (just like the rest of the general public), such as drug dealing, racketeering etc. Regardless of all the above, a person has the right to be seen as an individual in the eyes of the law and to not be discriminated against for their choice of whom they associate with. The people of Australia call on you to repeal these unjust laws now.

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