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.
Premier Mark McGowan has said, “Thousands of families across WA are battling against the scourge of meth. Every day they endure its impacts… I’ve met many of these families and it’s heartbreaking… 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.”