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Question Without Notice No. 1139 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

DRONES — SURVEILLANCE DEVICES ACT REVIEW

1139. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

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?

Hon 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.