Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Liberal National Government had delivered another major election commitment by creating a stand-alone graffiti offence which carried significant maximum penalties of a $24,000 fine and/or two years behind bars.
"The delivery of this election commitment sends a clear message to the graffiti vandals that they are committing a serious offence and will pay a high price," Ms Harvey said.
The Deputy Premier said the Graffiti Vandalism Bill 2015 would also include:
"Now offenders will understand the effort it takes to clean up and have plenty of time to rethink their unacceptable behaviour."
The Deputy Premier said the ability to confiscate recording devices was aimed specifically at removing the graffiti vandal's method to glorify the damage to other people's property.
"Now graffiti vandalism will truly be the most pointless pastime in WA," she said.
Ms Harvey said the laws strengthened what the Liberal National Government was already doing to combat graffiti vandalism, which costs WA about $8 million a year to remove.