Animal extremists will continue to get away with their standover tactics, thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government's weak laws.
Eight activists who were arrested during two separate protests in Queensland last month, were today fined between $400-$600 in a Brisbane court, after pleading guilty to trespass – with no conviction recorded.
Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last said it sends the wrong message.
"A fine of a couple of hundred bucks won't deter these ratbags from doing it again," Mr Last said.
"If Annastacia Palaszczuk was serious, she would immediately back the LNP's plan for new offences and tougher penalties.
"Hard working and law-abiding Queensland famers don't deserve this kind of treatment.
"These are family businesses that put food on our table and create local jobs in regional Queensland.
"We must send a strong message, but once again Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to listen to regional Queenslanders.
"Make no mistake, only the LNP will protect regional jobs and stand up for regional communities.
"The LNP have recently introduced three new criminal offences centered around trespass and industrial sabotage and Labor need to back our plan. *
"Whether you're an individual, a group, a union or an organisation, you will face severe punishments for industrial sabotage under the LNP.
"Mining activists will also face the full force of the law under our strong and detailed plan.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and regional Queenslanders are sick of being snubbed by her anti-regions agenda."
*Current Trespass laws
- General Trespass - Maximum penalty—20 penalty units ($2,600) or 1 year's imprisonment.
- Trespass on farmland: Maximum penalty—10 penalty units ($1,300) or 6 months imprisonment.
Labor Trespass fines (biosecurity regulations):
- On the spot fines of $652.75 – no imprisonment.
- Aggravated trespass: maximum of 3 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 100 penalty units ($13,055)
- Serious Criminal Trespass: maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 3000 penalty units ($391,650)
- Organised Trespass: maximum fine of 10 years imprisonment or 3000 penalty units ($391,650)