Skip to main content

Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 129 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 February 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 20 February 2020


129. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer the minister to a news story from yesterday about a vegan activist who avoided jail over charges including trespass and stealing. The activist showed no remorse and expressly stated that he was willing to reoffend.

(1) Is it the government's position that the punishment fits the crime for this individual?

(2) What is the state government doing to protect farmers from vegan activists?

(3) Is it the government's position that jail time is appropriate for activists who wilfully trespass and steal farmers' property?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

(1)–(3) Without commenting on a particular case—as an aside, honourable member, that would not be appropriate—the Attorney General notes that if an offender receives a suspended prison sentence, they live under the threat of imprisonment if they commit a further offence. The McGowan government is committed to introducing legislation to strengthen penalties for those who trespass upon farmland to interfere with food production, at the same time as balancing enhanced rights of entry for inspectors to abattoirs, knackeries and intensive farms. The penalties contained in the bill will include increased prison sentences. It will be up to the judiciary to determine the most appropriate penalty to result from any particular conviction, having regard to all the circumstances of the case.