Tougher on-farm trespass laws
EXTREME vegan activists who incite destructive farm invasions could face up to five years in prison, under tough new penalties being pushed by the Federal Government.
During the federal election campaign, Scott Morrison put dealing with the activists on par with terrorist foreign fighters. The prime minister promised people who trespass on farms would be thrown behind bars or fined up to $12,600. Attorney-General Christian Porter said the new laws were needed, despite trespass on to private property already being an offence. “Trespass on to agricultural land has the potential to cause food contamination and breach biosecurity protocols,” Mr Porter said while introducing the legislation.
“It can also lead to farmers and their families feeling unsafe on their own land.”
The legislation includes two new offences, the first invoking up to one year in prison, while more serious aggravated offences could result in five years behind bars.
CRACKDOWN: Prime Minister Scott Morrison.