Tougher penalties for bushfire arsonists

Sam Duluk MP, Member for Waite believes we need stronger deterrents for firebugs by proposing to change the maximum penalty for deliberately lighting a bushfire from 20 years to life imprisonment.  

It is disappointing to hear that arsonists were responsible for igniting recent bushfires in our communityThe Cherry Gardens fire burnt through 2700 hectares of land, two houses, farm properties and buildings, not to mention countless native animals. 

We need to bring the penalties for intentionally causing a bushfire in line with general arson, which already carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment”, said Mr Duluk. 

Mr Duluk will table amendments to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 when Parliament returns next week to include: 

  • Maximum penalty of life-imprisonment for deliberately lighting a bushfire, 
  • A special provision for causing a bushfire which seeks to make it mandatory for a court that finds a defendant guilty of bushfire arson to pay compensation for the injury, loss or damage resulting from the fires under Section 124 of the Sentencing Act 2017. 


The physical and emotional cost associated with bushfires are an immense burden for both the local communities and the State Government. We need the law to reflect this and ensure firebugs who put life and property at risk are responsible for the full consequences of their actions”, said Mr Duluk.  

The local MP is hosting his annual emergency volunteers Fundraising BBQ this Saturday morning (30 January) outside Drakes Blackwood from 10am.  

“I know many of you are still seeking an opportunity to personally say thank you and physically donate towards our beloved Sturt CFS and SES Groups for their tremendous efforts defending life and property over the weekend. 

I would encourage all members of this community to join me on Saturday for a Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser, where you can show your appreciation to these courageous volunteers”, said Mr Duluk. 

See the Facebook Event here: