The Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill was passed on 15 October. It provides for the ‘disestablishment of associations that encourage, foster or support persons who commit serious offences’ and ‘impacts on the rights and liberties of individuals through increasing penalties, imposing mandatory terms of imprisonment and denying parole for particular types of offenders’.
Both Bills recite that there are ‘no alternative ways of achieving the criminal law reforms,’ candidly noting that ‘consultation has not been possible because of the need to respond urgently to the significant public threat criminal gangs pose in Queensland.’
KATE GALLOWAY teaches law at James Cook University, and ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith University. At the time of going to press, the majority of these Bills had been passed.