Tougher on-farm tres­pass laws

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly -

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.

PHOTO: MATT TAY­LOR

CRACK­DOWN: Prime Min­is­ter Scott Morrison.

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