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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4017 ..


PIN) into computers, and clinical applications. These devices are proprietary, and are necessary due to the security and privacy protocols that are required for the various clinical systems in use.

(5) At the time of preparing the invoice for payment processing, an incorrect description was applied. The correct descriptor should have been “implant” (which reflects the actual purchase of Perimodiolar Slim Electrodes).


Animals—cruelty(Question No 2602)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 2 August 2019 (redirected to the Minister for City Services):

(1) In relation to the Animal Welfare Act, in each of the past five years how many investigations were conducted into (a) animal cruelty matters and (b) all other matters under the Act.

(2) Of the investigations conducted in part (1), (a) how many resulted in cases being finalised for consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions, (b) how many resulted in charges being laid, (c) of those cases how many were dealt with in court, (d) of those cases how many resulted in a conviction and (e) how many individuals had a prosecution recorded.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) The RSPCA-ACT conducts investigations into animal cruelty matters. The information requested can be found on their website https://www.rspca-act.org.au/.

(b) Domestic Animal Services (DAS) received 283 animal welfare reports during the period 17 April 2017-1 July 2019. These are reports which have been attended by DAS. Cases requiring investigation were referred to the RSPCA-ACT. Prior to 17 April 2017 the current electronic management system was not in place, so the data before this period is not easily accessible.

(2) (a) For the period 1 January 2014 – 30 June 2019, 72 prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act 1992 (ACT) were carried out by the Office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT DPP). Prior to 17 April 2017 the current electronic management system was not in place, so the data before this period is not easily accessible.

(b) Charges were laid by the ACT DPP against each of the 72 defendants in the above matters.

(c) All the above 72 matters proceeded to Court.

(d) Of the 72 matters that proceeded to prosecution, the results are as follows:

57 matters were found proved with a conviction recorded by the Court at sentence; and two matters were found proved with no conviction recorded by the Court at sentence.


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