Rockhampton lawyer calls for 'draconian' VLAD laws dropped
ROCKHAMPTON lawyer Doug Winning says the "draconian" VLAD laws need to be repealed in full.
Mr Winning said it would be wrong for the newly-formed Palaszczuk Government to think its predecessor's downfall was solely the result of its position on asset sales and an arrogant approach.
He said the Newman government's defeat was more complex with law and order issues a big part of the picture.
Queensland's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) Act, commonly referred to as anti-bikie legislation, will be reviewed and replacement laws introduced by the end of the year, Queensland's Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said.
During the election campaign, Labor said it would set up a task force consisting of members of the Law Society, Bar Association and Queensland Police Union to review the legislation.
Mr Winning said it was clear the community wanted a change.
"The general public felt these (bikie) laws were over the top," Mr Winning said.
He said the laws needed to be fully repealed.
"It is a test of their mettle to see if they are prepared to be the social justice party again and reverse these draconian and unfair laws," Mr Winning said.
"It's my view we need to repeal the whole package and not just water it down.
"If this government does not severely moderate or repeal the laws I will be a constant critic.
"Australians time and time again have adopted the position whereby they will not accept extremist positions by a government."
The outspoken lawyer had been a vocal critic of the government about the laws since they were introduced.