Inspectors denied farm entry
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.