Taken for a Ride

The Australian Independent Media Network


The VLAD laws in Queensland are extreme and now we can wonder if Australia is on the road to becoming a fascist state, asks Kim Peart in this guest post.

It has taken a little while since the VLAD laws were passed last year, but now the reality of their extreme nature is dawning and a tsunami of public anger is beginning to rise.

The 1989 Fitzgerald Inquiry made clear recommendation about legislation, but this was ignored when the surreally named VLAD bill was quickly made an act of the Queensland Parliament and presented as law.

Standing for the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment act [1], its acronym “VLAD” is a reminder of the dark-hearted Vlad the Impaler, the Medieval Prince of Wallachia (1431-1477) who is said to have had as many as 100,000 people impaled on stakes, where they suffered a slow and cruel death.

Prince Vlad is also the…

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