This isn't 1971.
Australians over the last twenty years or more have been fed a steady diet of American television. From Sesame Street (sponsored by the letter "zee", no "zed" here) to what seems like hundreds of hours of "Law and Order", the Australian public isn't nearly so uneducated about the proper limits of police power in developed societies.
Indeed, Australian reporters routinely cite the United States' Bill of Rights and their First Amendment when threats are made by governments to a free and open press. Australia is the only western democracy without a Bill of Rights or other codified protections against police abuse - a fact that led to the rise of Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland Police State beginning with the South African Springboks tour in 1971.
It took Queenslanders from 1968 until 1980 before any Liberal Coalition member got enough balls to protest the criminal operation that was the Queensland government. It seems both ALP and LNP parties are filled with "yes men" (and women) who prefer their big pay packets and perks to actually having to defend the Australian way of life. Separation of powers had collapsed by 1971 with Joh running the QPS directly, and corrupt police more than willing to do his dirty work. Joh forced all the Liberal ministers from government and gerrymandered the Queensland electoral map in what was seen as "the most criminal act every perpetrated in politics" (Evan Whittan in his book "The Hillbilly Dictator").
This isn't 1971. And yet we now have a Premier acting like the new Hillbilly Dictator, along with his Attorney General puppet, Jarrod Bleijie - a man who's depth of legal experience is limited to property conveyancing (a job done by 20 year old clerks in most countries).
Warrantless searches are now authorised against "bikie gangs". People can be ordered unilaterally out of their homes with no probably cause, and in fact with no legal authority. Police have been ordered to act in what is obviously well over-the-line intimidation with no "probably cause", and so far there has been little comment from the apparently stifled legal community of stuffed shirts.
If you describe the acts of police harassing and intimidating operators and customers of tattoo shops to anyone in free countries, they can't believe their ears. If Saudi Arabia had tattoo parlours, this is the kind of police action you would expect. With half or more of the 20+ year old girls in Cairns with tats, why are we harassing law abiding citizens? Bleijie and his wife Sally have two daughters who, before you can say "habeas corpus", will be getting tramp stamps to meet the demands of their hillbilly boyfriends. Why does he have no respect for the daughters of Queenslanders who now choose to desecrate their bodies with chinese characters and idiotic sayings?
In an editorial by Sunshine Coast Daily (Bleijie's home electorate area) editor Mark Furier, he describes the actions of Bleijie as "courageous" in fighting crime. Maybe Furier is scared too, because the sweeping powers Bleijie has used at the direction of the Premier can easily be turned against anyone, including the press. If Furier decides to have lunch with a couple of colleagues, under the Newman "Vicious Unlawful Association Disestablishment Act" he can be arrested and charged, and if arraigned before an idiot judge, he can be jailed.
To the credit of the Cairns judiciary, Judge Trevor Black wasn't yet prepared to be bullied into jailing two gainfully employed men who happened to be LIVING IN THEIR OWN HOME - the crime they were charged with!
State Premiers have since the Federation disrespected the independence of the judiciary, and separation of powers. Citizens depend on quick and decisive actions by the courts to hold rogue governments in check. No more so than in Queensland, that ended use of the upper house which is designed in parliamentary countries to minimise government abuse. Newman claims his new laws will "destroy bikie gangs". The idiocy of this remark speaks for itself.
Australians need a Bill of Rights to clearly delineate human and natural law rights, now under attack by Campbell Newman and tacitly supported by the Federal Liberals who've sat on their hands as they see fellow Australians terrorised.
Local crackpot Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has been cowed into silence, knowing full well that an expanding witch hunt against journos can easily turn against him as his lurid journalistic stories are examined by the right wing of his party.
Remember - you can be next!
And likely will.