Are you a Vicious Lawless Associate?

Vladislaus Dracula. Süddeutscher Miniaturmaler...

Vladislaus Dracula. Süddeutscher Miniaturmaler, um 1600. Wasserfarben auf Papier; Stammbuch des Nikolaus Ochsenbach, Blatt 74, Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The VLAD laws enacted by the Queensland Government are something out of Soviet Russia.  The name VLAD (The Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013) represents Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula.  The acronym of VLAD is not a coincidence.  This excerpt from the website Guest Lawyers as follows is an accurate account of what the laws are intended to accomplish.  Welcome to the Queensland:  The Police State.

What does the VLAD Act do?
The VLAD Act is an unprecedented mandatory sentencing regime. It provides that people who are defined as “vicious lawless associates” will automatically have to serve 15 years in prison in addition to their standard sentence.[2] If they are deemed to be an officer bearer of the relevant association, they will automatically be required to serve 25 years in custody in addition to their standard sentence.[3] The mandatory additional sentence of 15 or 25 years imprisonment must be imposed even if the person is not sentenced to a period of imprisonment for the original offence.  Unless the person becomes an informer, they are not eligible for parole during the additional sentence and accordingly will have to serve the entire 15 or 25 years in custody.

 Relevance to “Bikies”
The recent anti-bikie legislation, including the VLAD Act, has been sold to the public as a necessary piece of legislative artillery in the Queensland Government’s “war on bikies”. In the first week post the introduction of the Bills, the government has spent close to $800,000 on an extensive advertising campaign spreading the message that they have “drawn the line” on “Criminal Bikie Gangs.”

Contrary to the political spin, the extensive mandatory detention powers in the VLAD Act are not limited in any way to alleged “criminal bikie gangs”. You do not have to be a member or associate of one of the 26 motorcycle clubs which have now been declared as criminal organisations to be classed as a vicious lawless associate. The declaration of these 26 clubs as criminal organisations and the resulting new criminal offences and increased penalties for their participants (such as the prohibition on 3 or more alleged bikies being together in a public place, an offence for which a person must now spend at least 6 months in custody if convicted) are part of a separate legislation scheme contained in the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act (“CLCOD”). The ambit of the VLAD is in no way limited to members or associates of these clubs.

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