Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

Liberals take sudden interest in catching hoons

Labor Statement

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan welcomed the Liberal Party's new hoon laws, following four and-a-half years of inaction on the issue, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"The Barnett Government has had the longest term of Government in State history, yet its attempts to eradicate hooning have failed," Mr McGowan said.

"Once again the Liberal Party has waited until the eve of the State election to finally take an interest in an issue of significant community concern.

"Its last attempt at laws to combat hoons was a complete embarrassment and contained loopholes that resulted in innocent members of the public being punished.

"Western Australians will remember the injustice caused to a Perth doctor, who had his yellow Lamborghini seized despite the fact a mechanic was driving the vehicle when hoon offences were committed.

"The Barnett Government was left red-faced and forced to address its half-baked laws.

"The so-called 'tough' laws resulted in few people being charged with hoon offences, a clear sign that the broken promise to deliver 500 additional police officers allowed hoons to escape punishment.

"Offenders can't be charged if there are not enough police to catch them, and the Barnett Government's broken police promise was one of its biggest failures in four and-a-half years in Government."

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