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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3125..


Proceeds of Crime Act

(Question No 240)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 21 August 2002:

In relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act 1991: For the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and from 1 January to 30 June 2002:

(i) how much money was confiscated from the perpetrators.

(ii) how much property was confiscated from the perpetrators.

(iii) what were the crimes of the perpetrators in each incident.

(iv) how many perpetrators were involved in each incident.

(v) how many perpetrators were convicted.

(vi) what were the terms of the sentences.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(i) The following amounts have been forfeited to government under the proceeds of crime legislation in the financial years 1997/98 to 2001/02:

1997/98 $ 30,146.28

1998/99 $178,718.31

1999/00 $ 36,063.94

2000/01 $ 95,559.93

2001/02 $ 66,557.04

(ii) The amounts under (1) include proceeds from the sale of property that has been confiscated under the legislation. Details of this property are not readily available. I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer this part of the Member's question.

(iii) - (vi) The Director of Public Prosecutions has advised that most, if not all, of the applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1991 (the Act) relate to drug offences, particularly offences involving heroin under section 164 of the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 (sale or supply of a drug of dependence). The amount forfeited to government in the 2001/02 year resulted from 20 applications under the Act. The applications were made under section 19 of the Act (forfeiture orders) and section 75 of the Act (possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime). Otherwise, the statistics requested by the Member are not readily available. I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer these parts of the Member's question.


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