In recent months we’ve witnessed a spate of farm invasions by activists who think their opinions place them above the law.
These farm intruders are entering private premises, often in the dead of night, often while streaming live on the internet – all just a stones’ throw from where farmers and their families are sleeping.
Police and the court system have proven powerless to help, with those caught walking away with fines equivalent to a parking ticket.
Penalties have included:
- a $200 fine for a second offender on QLD’s Sunshine Coast;
- a $1 fine for the theft of livestock by activists in Victoria’s Gippsland region;
- one third of the maximum penalty for a repeat trespasser who live-streamed a 2 hour break-in to a WA piggery.
These soft penalties send the wrong message to the radical and well-resourced activist organisations which are coordinating these intrusions.
It’s time for governments to act. Given the proximity to the Federal Election, we’re calling on both major parties to commit to action on this issue – by working with the states and territories on a decisive national response.
Add your name to the petition to send a message that you want our political leaders to protect farming families.