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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 1763 ..

Animal Liberation Members - Arrest

(Question No. 169)

Mr Corbell

asked the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, upon notice, on 5 May 1999:

In relation to the arrest of members of Animal Liberation at Parkwood on 2 April 1999

(1) Were you present at the City Police Station on the morning of 2 April

1999 and if so, what was the purpose of your visit.

(2) Were (a) discussions held and/or (b) any other involvement between

yourself and the police relating to the arrest following the protest at Parkwood.

Mr Humphries

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

(1) I was not present at City Police Station at any time on the morning of Friday 2

April 1999. I was, however, present at the Station for a short time after 3pm

on the afternoon of Friday 2 April 1999. That visit had been arranged

previously for the purposes of accompanying police on traffic operations

during the afternoon. I spent some hours accompanying police from the

North Traffic Team while they undertook speed checks.

(2) (a) While I was at City Police Station, the AFP's Duty Officer (who was also at the Station) took the opportunity to verbally brief me on the events and the police response. Such a procedure is often used by senior police to brief me on major operations or incidents. I do not direct police on operations but they do, from time to time, brief me on the outcome of operations.

(b) When I arrived at City Police Station, I met several police who had

attended the Parkwood demonstration.

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