Announcing the legislation at the Sikh temple in Bennett Springs that was vandalised with graffiti last year, Girrawheen MLA and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests spokeswoman Margaret Quirk said WA�s laws needed to reflect a genuine multicultural society.
The Criminal Code Amendment (Criminal Damage to Places of Worship) Bill 2015 was recently introduced to State Parliament and followed a recent spate of criminal damage and graffiti on places of worship.
The Opposition�s legislation has been designed to create �circumstances of aggravation� for criminal damage on places of worship to carry a penalty of 14 years in prison.
Presently without circumstances of aggravation, similar damage carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.
Ms Quirk said temples, mosques and synagogues recently had fallen prey to graffiti and criminal damage.
�These disgraceful attacks are not welcome in WA and are completely unacceptable,� she said.
�WA Labor�s legislation will not eliminate religious bigotry; it�s about sending a strong message to people who attempt to create disharmony in our community.
�No West Australian should feel intimidated from practising their religion or celebrating their culture.�