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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 7 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2623..


(Question No 216)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 6 May 2009:

(1) When were kangaroo cullers first required to be accredited in the ACT.

(2) What changes to this accreditation system (a) have been made since it was first introduced and (b) were introduced in 2008.

(3) Are people who have been accredited to cull kangaroos required to seek re-accreditation after a fixed period.

(4) How many shooters have been accredited in each of the years in which the system has been in operation.

(5) When are accreditation tests conducted, who conducts them and how are they conducted.

(6) How many (a) police officers, (b) rangers and (c) members of the firearms registration office are involved in conducting accreditation.

(7) Are external consultants engaged to assist in conducting, or to conduct, accreditation tests; if so, what qualifications do these consultants have and what functions do they fulfil.

(8) Who is, or what agencies are, required to approve the issue of licences to shooters.

(9) What is the total cost, including overtime, of conducting each accreditation.

(10) Do all shooters who receive licences satisfy the accreditation requirements.

(11) Are shooters and leaseholders notified of the time and nature of each accreditation.

(12) Was each ACT rural lessee, who participated in the 2008 season, written to and advised of the need to ensure that their nominated shooters were re-accredited for the 2009-10 season.

(13) Were rural lessees who had not participated in the 2008 season contacted with advice about the arrangements for the 2009-10 culling season; if not, why not.

(14) Were rural lessees and shooters contacted individually about the arrangements for the 2009-10 culling season; if not, why not.

(15) Was information about the arrangements for the 2009-10 culling season provided through any relevant associations, such as the Rural Lessees Association, to rural lease holders.

(16) What action is taken after a person, such as a leaseholder who has obtained a shooting licence, has missed for whatever reason the accreditation for a particular year.

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