Western Australia’s tough mandatory sentencing laws will be further tightened to ensure adult offenders serve their full minimum jail sentence before being eligible for parole.
The new measures will apply to any adult convicted of either assaulting a public officer or dangerous driving causing death or serious injury, while evading police.
Attorney General Michael Mischin will tomorrow introduce the Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 into State Parliament to ensure the protection of public officers and deter offenders from fleeing police.
“For people serving a sentence of less than four years imprisonment, parole eligibility arises halfway through their sentence,” Mr Mischin said.
The first of Perth’s newest railcars was put to use by Transperth passengers this morning, boosting capacity on the Joondalup and Mandurah train lines.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the three-car set went into service about 6.30am this morning.
“Today marks a real turning point for public transport users in Perth,” Mr Buswell said.
“This Government has made a significant $243million investment for 66 new railcars to increase the size of the fleet by 28 per cent to meet growing demand on the network. The railcars started arriving in August and will continue to arrive regularly over the next three years.