DRONES — SURVEILLANCE DEVICES ACT REVIEW
1139. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Agriculture and
I refer to a motion that I put forward on 21 February about
rural crime. In reply, the minister suggested that a review of the Surveillance Devices Act 1998 may be
necessary to consider privacy concerns around drone usage, stating —
Given the emerging prevalence of
drones in the intervening 20 years, it is really quite important that we look
at whether these laws are adequate for these purposes.
(1) Does the minister still support
a review of the Surveillance Devices Act 1998?
(2) If yes to (1), when will the
government be undertaking this review?
(3) Will the
state government be taking any steps at all to manage surveillance and privacy
concerns associated with drone usage in Western Australia?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
As we advised his office, for some reason I got this question very late. I have
not had time to deal with it, but I will undertake to have an answer by the end
of the week.