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Labor backs ban for drink drivers who kill

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Laws banning people from ever driving again if they had killed another while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be re-introduced by WA Labor if it wins next year's election, leader Mark McGowan says.

The bill was introduced this week by independent Liberal MP Rob Johnson, but was not supported by parliament.

Mr McGowan said it was weak for the Barnett government to have rejected the laws, which he admitted were tough, but strong consequences were warranted.

"They're not mandatory sentencing, they're not jailing for life. What they're saying is, if you kill someone on the roads when you're drunk, you can't drive again," he told reporters.

"I think most people would think that's a reasonable thing to do."

The laws were considered in the same week Suzanne McKenzie, who killed Kerrie Christenson and badly injured her husband by driving head-on into their car while drunk in 2012, had her extraordinary licence revoked by the WA Court of Appeal.

McKenzie successfully obtained the licence because her 80-minute public transport journey to work was inconvenient.

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