"People in Queensland, and in Queensland Labor, have been fighting
corruption in our institutions since it became entrenched during the
Bjelke-Petersen government. During those times, we were willing to
demonstrate in the streets against uranium mining, for Indigenous land
rights, against the sacking of electricity workers and for the right to
march in our streets. Many members of the Labor party were frequently
arrested for exercising their basic democratic rights, and commonly
charged with disobeying a police direction, along with other charges.
To learn that non-violent protest would be criminalised with special
legislative measures, along with police powers of search of persons and
vehicles suspected of carrying a device are eerily reminiscent of the
powers given to police during the Bjelke-Petersen era."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics