Call for com­ment on farm tres­pass laws

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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.

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