The Australia First Party has added itself to the growing number of Australian parties, community organisations and ordinary citizens who oppose the so-called ‘bikie laws’ introduced in all Australian States.
The party has rejected the idea that these laws are necessary to fight any criminal activity within motorcycle associations. The party says there are laws sufficient and intelligence and surveillance methods aplenty to deal with any individual who may be involved in criminal activity.
Dr. Jim Saleam, National President of the Australia First Party, said today:
“The new laws do not mention ‘bikies’ but refer only to ‘criminal associations’, something defined in a way that could eventually target churches, political parties, unions and other professional associations and community groups at odds with government policy. The laws could dissolve these democratic organisations and in a revival of the notorious consorting laws, could see people banned from communicating or meeting with each other.
All of this is a recipe for an array of repressive actions and an army of opportunistic informers seeking rewards. Similar laws are being used right now in Greece to suppress a democratically elected party and have been around in Italy for three decades where they have abused democratic rights.”
Australia First Party expects to join with others in public protest and endure whatever criticism is thrown at it because of a principled stand.
Dr. Jim Saleam concluded:
“Our party is trying to register itself as State parties in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. While there are different interest groups who back our registrations and will sign on board, we hope that people concerned at the ‘criminal association’ laws will do likewise. In fighting for what’s right, there can be no compromise.”
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