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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3124 ..

(2) ACT Policing does not collect specific data in relation to this issue. A number of suspected victims sought treatment at Canberra hospitals of their own accord. Police also conveyed, or arranged for the conveyance, of suspected victims to hospital when they attended at a police station in the first instance.

(3) ACT Policing does not collect specific data on this question.

(4) No arrests for offences relating to drink spiking incidents were made between January and July 2003.

(5) Offences that can be considered by police in relation to drink spiking are

(a) Acts endangering life (section 27 of the Crimes Act 1900). This offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, with a provision for a 15 year term of imprisonment if the offence contained a specific intention to commit further offences; and

(b) Acts endangering health (section 28 of the Crimes Act 1900). This offence carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.

(6) During the period January to July 2003, ACT Policing undertook an education and public information program, Operation Skeet. There has been widespread education within the AFP in relation to victimology along with the methodologies and indicators of drinking spiking. ACT Policing has standardised its response and evidence gathering procedures relating to incidents of suspected drink spiking. During January 2003, ACT Policing undertook an extensive media campaign through television commercials warning the public of the dangers of drink spiking. At the same time ACT Liquor Licensing released bottle ties and drink coaster warnings. Beat teams in both North and South districts were briefed on the issue of drink spiking and commenced a foot patrol campaign of the City, Manuka and Kingston nightclub areas. ACT Policing is currently maintaining a watching brief on drink spiking incidents in order to monitor and address significant outbreaks of this type of offence.

Motor vehicles-burnouts

(Question No 841)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on

Wednesday, 20 August 2003:

In relation to burnout legislation:

(1) Is it still possible to confiscate motor vehicles from drivers in the ACT who are conducting burnout activity in contravention with the Road Transport Act;

(2) Under what circumstances can a vehicle be confiscated;

(3) What other penalties can be enforced by police for those caught undertaking burnout activity;

(4) How many drivers were charged for conducting burnouts in the ACT in

(a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-2001, (c) 2001-02 and (d) 2002-03;

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