In­spec­tors de­nied farm en­try

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Neil Watkin­son

An­i­mal wel­fare in­spec­tors will not re­ceive ex­panded pow­ers to en­ter non-res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties such as farms.

The de­ter­mi­na­tion fol­lows the State Par­lia­ment Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Leg­is­la­tion’s in­quiry into the An­i­mal Wel­fare Amend­ment Bill 2017.

Na­tion­als mem­ber for the Agri­cul­tural Re­gion Colin de Grussa, Lib­eral mem­ber for the Agri­cul­tural Re­gion Jim Chown and Lib­eral mem­ber for the South West Re­gion Steve Thomas re­cently an­nounced the McGowan Gov­ern­ment had agreed not to cre­ate a new cat­e­gory of in­spec­tor that would have been known as a “des­ig­nated gen­eral in­spec­tor”.

All three were mem­bers of the com­mit­tee that con­ducted the in­quiry into the Bill, with the two La­bor mem­bers — the South West Re­gion’s Sally Tal­bot and the South Metropoli­tan Re­gion’s Pierre Yang — dis­agree­ing with their col­leagues on this is­sue, the com­mit­tee’s re­port shows.

The re­port said State Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alannah MacTier­nan had pro­posed the ex­panded pow­ers be­cause “ex­ist­ing pow­ers of en­try of gen­eral in­spec­tors to non-res­i­den­tial places and ve­hi­cles with­out the owner’s or oc­cu­pier’s con­sent are in­ad­e­quate”.

But Mr de Grussa, Mr Chown and Dr Thomas said they had not been per­suaded the new cat­e­gory of des­ig­nated gen­eral in­spec­tor was re­quired, nor were they con­vinced en­hanced pow­ers of en­try had any ben­e­fits.

Dr Thomas said he wel­comed Ms MacTier­nan’s ac­cep­tance that the new po­si­tion was not re­quired.

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