Australia’s next human rights commissioner has described as deeply disturbing Queensland’s anti-bikie laws, amid the so-called Yandina five controversy.
The group is accused of having links to the Rebels and was arrested in December after being seen together at the Yandina Hotel in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
[polldaddy poll=7698808]One of the accused, Joshua Carew, 30, is in solitary confinement in a Brisbane jail after allegedly delivering a pizza to his boss and brother at the country pub.
Soon-to-be Commissioner Tim Wilson believes the new anti-association laws are being used deliberately to make examples of individuals who are not engaged in criminal conduct.
“The imprisonment of people for free association that are not otherwise engaged in criminal activity is deeply, deeply disturbing,” Mr Wilson wrote on his blog.
“The fact that other states have and continue to look at replicating these laws is equally disturbing.
“These laws are a demonstration of the worst consequences of what happens when people are treated as groups under the law, and not as individuals.”