Aboriginal activist Sam Watson addresses the crowd protesting the state government's VLAD laws. Photo: Jamie McKinnell, Fairfax Radio 4BC
Aboriginal activist Sam Watson addresses the crowd protesting the state government's VLAD laws. Photo: Jamie McKinnell, Fairfax Radio 4BC

Back to Joh days: 400 in protest against Qld bikie laws

TWO veterans of the anti-Joh era had the fire in their bellies reignited as hundreds protested against the Newman government's perceived anti-bikie legislation.

The crowd, estimated to be about 400-strong, gathered in King George Square on Tuesday evening, prior to marching on State Parliament.

Australian Council for Civil Liberties president Terry O'Gorman and long-term Aboriginal activist Sam Watson reflected on their struggles under Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's government and warned Queensland was headed back to those days.

Mr O'Gorman took special aim at Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

"This boy Attorney-General, this ex-conveyancer who is now making our laws, tells the judges - and they have absolutely no power to mitigate this - says to the judge 'yeah you're going to fine that bikie for being in possession of drugs, but because he's a bikie you must send him to jail for a minimum of 15 years" he said.

"How obscene and how draconian is that".

More on the protest at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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