There’s a bit of a strategy to releasing controversial legislation: do it all at once. In any given capital city, there are three newspaper front pages to worry about. If you release seven pieces of controversial legislation on a wide range of topics at once, there’s no way they can keep up. Chumps.
It appears the Queensland Government has recently adopted this strategy. One of the recently released bills is called the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill, and it’s caused a bit of a stir.[tweet https://twitter.com/BernardKeane/status/389982189334441984]
The hyperventilation from the left has — as usual — stopped anybody from having a meaningful discussion about the Bill. It’s not perfect, but it’s not apocalyptically bad. Unfortunately, the minister who is supposed to lead the public discussion, is… well…[tweet https://twitter.com/JarrodBleijieMP/status/389991967125299201]
It turns out that if you don’t have a bicameral parliament, actually being able to conduct a public debate becomes a bit of a triviality. Although I am extremely critical of the way the discussion was conducted, here’s the argument for why I don’t mind VLAD. (more…)