Tougher Punishment for Bushfire Arsonists

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Let's make an example of those found responsible for intentionally lighting bushfires - regardless of age. We need much tougher laws. Forget sentencing and bail. They should be forced to take accountability by humiliating them within the communities and forcibly made to assist in cleaning up the devastation they have contributed to destroy; attend all animal hospitals and shelters caring for severely wounded and scorched animals as a confronting admission of their actions. They should be named, shamed and made an example of to the public. Here is a transcript from ABC News of a pathetic slap on the wrist for 19 year old arsonist Blake William Banner:

A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer has been charged after an investigation into a spate of fires on the state's far south coast.

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  • A 19-year-old is accused of lighting several blazes in the Bega Valley
    He has been granted bail but ordered to seek psychological treatment
    The RFS said the man had been stood down in the wake of the allegations

Blake William Banner appeared in Bega Local Court today charged with seven counts of intentionally causing a fire.

Police said in a statement that the 19-year-old allegedly lit seven fires in the Bega Valley between October 17 and November 26.

Do you think a slap on the wrist and bail for this criminal is fair? He has been granted bail but ordered to seek psychological treatment. Please sign this petition if you want tougher laws for all arsonists. This is more than arson. It is mass murder.