Can anyone explain how the Queensland Government arrived at 26 for the number of outlaw motorcycle clubs under their Orwellian “Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act”?
Prior to the VLAD Act, police intelligence (oxymoron?) over many years of investigation had identified only 14 motorcycle clubs as being “outlaws”, presumably including the clandestine-titled Outlaws MC. Clever eh?
We’ll put aside all the other critical questions we have about these anti-human-rights laws for the moment and even why motorcycle gangs were targeted when they represent about 0.4% of all crime in Queensland according to crime stats that are now suppressed.
What I want to know is how did the article clerk known as the Attorney General find 14 more clubs to name as outlaws?
Did some members have criminal convictions?
It appears one of the so-called outlaw clubs is made up 100% of criminals: The Renegades whose one and only member is actually in jail at the moment.
But even if it is only a percentage of members with criminal convictions or intent, then maybe there should be more than 26 clubs named as outlaws.
They could start with the Brisbane Broncos who have had a number of felonious players in their midst over the years.
At present, former Bronco Michael Spence has a bail application today over charges of drug dealing and being a Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms.
But he’s not the only Bronco or sports person who’s run foul of the law. So why aren’t more of these so-called sports clubs named as outlaw clubs?
And if members of the Ulysses Club think they are immune to this legislation, think again. I’m sure there are Ulysses members who have criminal convictions.
Maybe I’m being a bit ridiculous and emphatic to try to get a point across, but the fact remains that even if you do support these discriminatory unconstitutional “laws”, you must be worried about the wide net they cast.
It may only be 26 clubs now, but what of the future?
To misquote Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous speech: “First they came for the motorcycle gangs and nothing was done …”
(If you don’t know the speech it refers to the Nazis and goes something like “First they came for the Jews and nothing was done, then they came for the communists and nothing was done, then they came for the press and nothing was done … etc … and then they came for the church and there was no one left to do anything about it.” Or words to that effect.)
Who will be left to fight when they start rounding up feeble, grey-haired Ulysses members?
Meanwhile, these are the motorcycle clubs declared by the VLAD Act to be outlaw gangs or criminal organisations: Bandidos, Black Uhlans, Coffin Cheaters, Comancheros, Finks, Fourth Reich, Gladiators, Gypsy Jokers, Hells Angels, Highway 61, Iron Horsemen, Life and Death, Lone Wolf, Mobshitters, Mongols, Muslim Brotherhood Movement, Nomads, Notorious, Odins Warriors, Outcasts, Outlaws, Phoenix, Rebels, Red Devils, Renegades and Scorpions.
(Here’s an interesting aside. The acronym for the VLAD Act also happens to be the name of a vicious 15th century Prince of Wallachia who impaled “enemies of the state” on stakes and allegedly drank their blood. Vlad the Impaler is also the origin for the Dracula myth. Just sayin’!)
Meanwhile, the petition against these laws that was started before the VLAD Act now stands at 7924 signatures. If you would like to sign, click here.