It seems the disturbingly common incidents we've seen in the US relating to improper laser pointer usage and the resulting arrests
of those doing the pointing aren't exactly limited to the states. In Western Australia, such offenses have become so common that laser pointers have been classified as a "controlled weapon," meaning improper use could result in a $4,000 AU (about $3,700 U.S.) fine or 12 months in prison
This change in classification comes after a series of incidents there similar to what we've seen in the U.S., where people of questionable intelligence have been caught pointing portable lasers at police and rescue helicopters, among other aircraft. Laser pointers, if shone into the eyes, at best can temporarily disorient the pilot and, at worst, can result in permanent blindness. That's no fun. We're no fans of arbitrary legislation against gadgets, but if that's what it takes to keep idiots from pointing these at aircraft, then we're on-board.
From the Herald Sun