Bikie laws protest song against Newman instant YouTube hit
A QUEENSLAND songwriter has taken the tunes of John Lennon and Bob Dylan to send his own protest over Queensland's anti bikie laws.
Chris Webbe has penned So This is Queensland to the tune of the War is Over to turn the heat up on Premier Campbell Newman and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
"Hey Mr Newman, what have you done.
"Enacted some laws, that are very dumb,'' the tune opens.
"AG Bleijie, calls them the VLAD
"It looks like you've both gone, completely mad.''
The chorus then erupts into 'Mr Newman you're a d... head.''
Posted two days ago on YouTube, it has already had more than 3500 views after being rapidly shared on the Facebook sites of outlaw motorcycle gangs and bikers in general.
The song goes on to talk about the separation of powers, the role of judges and the Crime and Misconduct Commission being in the 'pocket' of the government.
Mr Webbe, 54, a touring musician, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, said he had quickly penned four protest songs ahead of a rally in Brisbane last weekend.
He said the response was so great that he had been urged to record them.
The Flaxton-based musician said he was a bike rider himself and had played gigs for outlaw motorcycle gangs.
He says he's also played for embassies in Canberra so believes he has a pretty balanced view of the world.
Mr Webbe said he believed many Queenslanders still had not realised the impact of the laws, which he compared to those of the Bjelke-Petersen era.
"I remember (while living in Melbourne) protesting Joh's association laws back in the 70s,'' he said.
"This is not Australian,'' he said of his reaction at the time.
Mr Webbe said he realised not all bikies were angels but he did not believe, from his experience, they were the 'kingpins' of crime in Queensland as the government was trying to suggest.
He said a minority of gang members were probably better described as the 'foot soldiers' of organised crime, rather than the ringleaders.
Mr Webbe said what concerned him most was the broad nature of the laws, which he said were not targeting just outlaw motorcycle gangs, but other groups as well.
He said he believed the government had given itself sweeping powers in the lead-up to the G20 summit in Brisbane and could use them to target union and other protests.
Mr Webbe said he was disturbed by the arrest of Rebel members on the Coast for having a beer, saying they were now facing months in jail despite the basic 'innocent before you are proven guilty' principal of justice.
And he said he believed the laws had set back the reputation of police years.
"I actually feel sorry for the police.
"The police are only just getting their credibility back after (the) Fitzgerald (Inquiry).''
Mr Webbe penned a piece to Bob Dylan's Blowin in the Wind which opens with: "How many folk does an assembly make before you're dragged away to to the clink.''
"Just to sit and have a coffee with your mates.''
It finishes with, the answer my friend is 'blowin out Newman's a…''
There's no word yet whether Mr Beijie, who does a good Elvis impersonation, will take to song to respond.