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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6049


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

(1) What is the number of investigations the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has conducted into interstate livestock theft for each of the past 10 years.

(2) How many arrests have been made by the AFP in relation to interstate livestock theft for each of the past 10 years.

(3) How many convictions have been obtained from investigations made by the AFP in relation to interstate livestock theft for each of the past 10 years.

(4) How many convictions have been obtained directly by the AFP in relation to interstate livestock theft for each of the past 10 years.

(5) Does the AFP have staff assigned specifically to investigating interstate livestock theft; if so, what is the current number Full Time Equivalents (FTE).

(6) What is the number of staff (in FTE) the AFP has assigned specifically to investigating interstate livestock theft for each of the past 10 years.

(7) What, if any, are the maximum and minimum penalties under federal law for persons convicted of interstate livestock theft.

(8) Have these penalties changed since 1995; if so, can details of the changes be provided.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) None

(2) None

(3) None

(4) None

(5) No

(6) None

(7) None

(8) Not applicable

There is no Commonwealth offence relating to interstate livestock theft. Livestock theft is covered by various state legislation.