“Concepts such as ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ are well and truly past their use-by date,” said Mr Newman. “Everybody knows they just don’t work and are slowing down the legal process throughout the state.”
Mr Newman said that courts should instead adopt a simpler and more emotionally satisfying ‘everybody knows’ principle.
“Take the bikies,” said Mr Newman. “Everybody knows that bikies are crooks. If it’s good enough for everybody, it should be good enough for the legal system.”
Mr Newman said that a change to the standard of proof would result in shorter, less expensive trials and ensure that people that everybody knew were criminals could be locked up quicker.
The Queensland Police has given its support to the Premier’s proposal.
“You have no idea how much time and effort goes into gathering evidence to prosecute people that everybody knows are guilty,” said a police spokesman. “The introduction of an ‘everybody knows’ standard of proof would free up officers to undertake more value-added policing duties, such as imposing speeding fines and finding drunk drivers to roll.”
Unsurprisingly, civil libertarians have criticised the change to the standard of proof, calling it ‘an outrageous attack on the fundamental principles underlying every civilised legal system in the world’.
However, Mr Newman has laughed off such claims, saying that ‘everybody knows’ civil libertarians are left-wing ratbags who should move overseas if they are so unhappy living in Australia.
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