Off your bikie laws: Anonymous to Queensland Premier Newman
Queensland’s police force is investigating the posting of an Anonymous-identified video to YouTube protesting the state’s anti-bikie laws, and also the publication of premier Campbell Newman’s private mobile number and home address online.
The government describes the laws as serving the purpose of dismantling outlaw motorcycle gangs, but the laws have been criticised by lawyers and civil liberty groups as excessive: anyone assembling in groups of three or more can be questioned by police. Moreover, non-outlaw clubs such as the Vietnam Veterans’ MC have been raided, and the police have reportedly suggested that all group rides should be registered with the police to avoid participants being stopped and questioned.
Anonymous has packaged up new audio with one of its stock videos to make what has been described as a “threatening” video by the government because of the inclusion of the stock sign-off, “we are Anonymous. Expect us”.
The YouTube video claims that the laws “could spread Australia-wide”, that they’re unconstitutional (while also complaining that Australians lack proper constitutional protections for freedom of speech and freedom of association), and states that “the creeping fascism has already begun”.
The release of the video was followed by the publication of Newman’s home address and personal mobile number. The Register would note that Anonymous (if it’s responsible for the release of the information) was beaten to the scoop by former premier Anna Bligh who, prior to Queensland’s bitter 2012 election, revealed the now-premier’s address in a parliamentary debate, as noted by the Brisbane Times here.
Readers may judge the extent of the Anonymous threat by checking out the video, here. ®