Call for comment on farm trespass laws
FARMERS, agricultural businesses and stakeholders have until Wednesday, July 31, to make submissions for the Criminal Code Amendment Bill to protect the privacy of Australian farmers and producers against the unlawful actions of animal activists.
The Bill criminalises the action of publishing material, via a carriage service, with the intention to incite trespass, property damage and theft on to agricultural land. The serious criminal penalties include up to five years’ imprisonment. “I’m encouraging all interested parties to put forward their views on the new laws, along with their own experiences on dealing with farm invasions and theft,” Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (pictured) said.