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MEDIA RELEASE

 

SENATOR ROSS LIGHIFOOT

LIBERAL SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

LIGHTFOOT PAINTS NEW PICTURE FOR SPRAY CAN VANDALS

 

Liberal Senator for Western Australia and former member of the Legislative Council, Ross Lightfoot today backed his former St ate colleague, Minister for Police, Kevin Prince’s plans to institute new laws allowing police to challenge anyone found with graffiti tools.

 

Just weeks ago 3 in an effort to address what Senator Lightfoot described as “The drain on our community as a direct result of the misuse of spray paint products,” the Senator called upon the Graffiti Program Steering Committee to institute an enforceable code of ethics governing the sale of aerosol spray-paints and associated products.

 

“The Minister’s announcement will be a more than welcome alternative. The new laws will place responsibility where it lies. With the perpetrators of these senseless acts of vandalism.

 

“I am fed up with driving along Perth’s streets and seeing the results of hooligans handiwork. At the moment police officers on patrol at Perth Railway Station are constantly frustrated as they watch the nightly parade of potential offenders alight from trains carrying backpacks bristling with spray cans. In future, these officers will be empowered to prevent these delinquents getting their kicks by desecrating someone else’s property.

 

“Hopefully, the proposed new laws will also help to dispel the euphemistic term of ‘graffiti artist’. These people are not artists. They are hooligans and vandals. I could only be more pleased with the Minister’s plan if it also foreshadowed an option for implementing suitable punishment for the lawbreakers, such as the cane.

 

Lightfoot said he heard the Minister say that this issue was not in the same category as home burglary and more serious offences, but I believes that criminal acts have to start somewhere, and many of them start with vandalism.

 

“If these youngsters can be stopped before they start, The Minister will have done a great service to our community with the implementation of this new legislation,” Senator Lightfoot concluded.

 

Date: 2nd December 1998

 

Further information: Senator Ross Lightfoot (02) 6277 3626

 

 

 

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