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State plans to scrap prison for unpaid fines

The  State Government’s legislation to end the practice of sending people to jail for not paying fines is set to be voted on in the Upper House today.

But Premier Mark McGowan made it clear in his Facebook post, it “will not mean that people can get away with not paying fines”, but will instead work with people to recover the fine debts.

WA Attorney General John Quigley says they are set to introduce garnishee orders, to allow fines to be collected from bank account.

“We can serve their employer with a garnishee order, where that employer has to by force of law post into the fines registry the amount of garnishee money on a monthly basis or a weekly basis,” Mr Quigley told 6PR Breakfast.

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