- McGowan Labor Government acts swiftly to enact life sentences for methamphetamine traffickers
- Legislation is one of the first Bills introduced by the McGowan Labor Government
- Introduction of life sentences for meth traffickers meets a key election commitment
The McGowan Labor Government has moved swiftly to implement a key election commitment by introducing a maximum life imprisonment penalty for the trafficking of methamphetamine.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017, one of the first Bills introduced into the new State Parliament, will see the maximum sentence for meth trafficking increased from 25 years to life imprisonment.
Other changes to the legislation include the introduction of unlimited fines for meth traffickers - up from the current $100,000 maximum fine.
The new penalties are a key part of the McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan, and aim to reduce the supply of meth in Western Australia and break the cycle of drug-related crime.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Thousands of families across WA are battling against the scourge of meth. Every day they endure its impacts - violence, arrests, losing houses, jobs and businesses. This needs to stop.
"I've met many of these families and it's heartbreaking. Meth is an epidemic which is destroying communities. The community expects meth traffickers to be locked up for a long time. They are evil people and are responsible for tearing families apart and destroying lives.
"I will not stand idly by while this happens. By increasing the penalty for meth traffickers to life imprisonment, we are acting to significantly reduce the supply of meth in WA.
"The Liberal National Government failed to act on this issue and allowed it to get out of control. As promised we are getting on with the job and have introduced these new laws in the first week of State Parliament."
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Increasing the penalty for meth traffickers implements a key election commitment.
"This legislative reform is part of our overarching Methamphetamine Action Plan. It is just one of the many actions we are taking to combat meth in our community.
"WA Police are working hard to reduce meth use by disrupting and preventing supply. Significant police effort is focussed on breaking drug dealing and trafficking rings, including importations.
"We're working to boost that capacity with our 100 strong Meth Border Force, which will target major drug trafficking routes into our State."
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"Today we are attacking supply by introducing the harshest regime of penalties in Australia.
"We are cracking down on the evil people who spread misery and chaos in our community.
"The object here is to substantially lift the penalties that apply to drug traffickers dealing in meth.
"This is the strongest message that we can send to the judiciary that the community expects an uplifting of the penalties to the wholesalers of this drug and I am absolutely confident that they will respond."
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