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Question Without Notice No. 683 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Jim Chown

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

LIVE EXPORT — ANNA MARRA

683. Hon JIM CHOWN to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

I refer to the raid on the Anna Marra live export ship by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

(1) Was the minister aware of the raid before it was conducted; and, if so, did she approve the raid?

(2) Did the minister seek legal advice from the State Solicitor's Office, request the department seek legal advice or approve the department seeking legal advice?

(3) Will the minister table the legal advice; and, if not, why not?

(4) Under what section of the Animal Welfare Act was the raid conducted?

(5) What section of the Animal Welfare Act is alleged to have been breached that resulted in the raid?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. I presume the member was talking about the execution of a search warrant when he was talking about a raid.

(1) No; we were advised that a search warrant had been executed on the following day. The investigation is being conducted independently by the department's operations and compliance division.

(2) This question is too vague to answer. I am not sure what the member wants to know about what legal advice we sought. We seek legal advice on many different topics, so I am not sure what the member is seeking here.

(3) Not applicable.

Hon Michael Mischin interjected.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: You can ask a question. You are entitled to ask a question.

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order!

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: I am explaining that we did not have an involvement in the decision to execute a search warrant, so I do not know what legal advice the member is referring to.

(4) It is section 59 of the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

(5) It is section 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2002, ''Cruelty to animals''.