13th October 2015

    Questions without notice.


    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. On my recent travels around regional New South Wales I met with the Wildlife Information and Rescue Service [WIRES], the wildlife carers, which advised me that while it receives a high volume of calls regarding wildlife injured on our roads, many animals are left to suffer because of outdated road signage advertising local numbers that are no longer in use. For some time WIRES has been asking Roads and Maritime Services to update roadside signs to advertise the statewide 1300 helpline number, but to date this has not occurred. Will the Minister direct Roads and Maritime Services immediately to update its injured wildlife road signs to include this statewide phone number for reporting injured and orphaned wildlife?

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I thank the member for what I believe is his first question directed to me. I have been waiting and waiting and I have had a folder with me in anticipation of a question from him. It is a good and important question that I will take on notice. I will consult with my department to find out what is happening. If the member is correct—I have no reason to assume that he is not—as soon as we properly can we will put in train appropriate changes in that area.

    17th November 2015

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: On 13 October 2015 the Hon. Mark Pearson asked me a question about injured wildlife road signs. I provide the following response:

    I am advised:

    WIRES is responsible for making and installing WIRES road signs. Roads and Maritime Services assesses sign design and provides approval of new signs on the State’s road network. Roads and Maritime is working with WIRES to identify which signs require updating.


    8th September 2015

    Questions without notice.


    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: My question without is notice is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, representing the Minister for Justice and Police. In 2012, the NSW Police Force and RSPCA New South Wales commenced an investigation into Wally’s Piggery after viewing footage obtained by animal activists. The RSPCA subsequently laid 53 charges, including aggravated animal cruelty. In November 2014, for unknown reasons, all charges were withdrawn. Why has the NSW Police Force not commenced a prosecution under section 530 of the Crimes Act, given that the footage shows the torture and severe beating of animals and other acts of egregious cruelty, and given that the Queensland Police Service are prosecuting under similar circumstances in the current greyhound live baiting case where it is relying on the public interest— [Time expired.]

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I thank the honourable member for his question. I am advised that in August 2012 Animal Liberation released video footage showing alleged mistreatment of pigs and illegal slaughter at a piggery in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. The RSPCA NSW investigated the allegations relating to the treatment and management of the pigs and laid charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act against Wally’s Piggery in July 2013. On 17 November 2014 the RSPCA NSW withdrew the prosecution after consultation with independent counsel based on matters relating to legal evidence.

    The piggery has since been de-stocked and is no longer in operation. Animal welfare is of concern to everyone in the community and is an issue that the New South Wales Government takes seriously. We have a robust system in place in New South Wales to address animal cruelty. The RSPCA NSW is one of three enforcement organisations listed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979. The second is the NSW Police, and the third is the Animal Welfare League of New South Wales. The RSPCA operates under its own constitution and governance structure, which is independent of the New South Wales Government. The question is pertinent to the NSW Police Force and I will refer it to the Minister for Justice and Police for a response. Mr President—

    The Hon. Walt Secord: Point of order: Question time started late today.

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: Question time started late and it has finished late.

    The PRESIDENT: Order! There is no point of order.

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: If members have any further questions, I suggest they place them on notice.

    Questions without notice concluded.

    To date (4th February 2018) no response received.


    26th August 2015

    Questions without notice.


    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, representing the Minister for Justice and Police. Has the Minister recently consulted with the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Scipione, seeking advice in regard to the implications and possible consequences if the Government appointed prescribed officers who would have more powers than police officers to enter and search commercial premises, remove and destroy items, install surveillance devices, and demand and examine records kept on those premises without obtaining a warrant or having formed reasonable suspicion?

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I thank the Hon. Mark Pearson for his question. I will take it on notice. Despite listening carefully, I found a degree of confusion within the question. I am sure that will be overcome when we carefully analyse it. It did not make a lot of sense as I listened to it. Having said that, we will analyse it carefully. If an answer is available, we will do our best to supply it to the House.

    To date (4th February 2018) no further information received.

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