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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1675


Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 20 February 2008

(1)   Between the following years, what total number of handguns were stolen from each jurisdiction: (a) 1978-83; (b) 1984-89; (c) 1990-95; (d) 1996-2001; and (e) 2002-07.

(2)   From what source were the handguns stolen (i.e. individuals, gun shops, security firms etc.).


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Home Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

There is no available data for the specific periods requested. The data available on handgun theft in relation to the senator’s question has been sourced from the Australian Institute of Criminology and is presented in the attached Table. The data relates solely to handgun theft and does not include other firearms theft.

Attachment A

Handgun theft in jurisdictions

State and location of theft

94/95-99/00

04-05

05-06

NSW

1020

38

14

residential

312

20

6

commercial/community

136

17

5

other

198

1

3

unrecorded

374

 

 

VIC

210

3

9

residential

134

1

5

commercial/community

32

2

4

other

39

0

0

unrecorded

6

 

 

QLD

759

27

12

residential

559

22

8

commercial/community

34

0

3

other

166

5

1

WA

475

20

10

residential

319

18

8

commercial/community

56

2

2

other

100

0

 

SA

Not available

0

14

residential

Not available

0

6

commercial/community

Not available

0

1

other

Not available

0

7

TAS

168

8

6

residential

Not available

1

6

commercial/community

Not available

6

0

other

Not available

1

0

ACT

Not available

0

0

residential

Not available

0

0

commercial/community

Not available

0

0

other

Not available

0

0

NT

84

0

1

residential

54

0

0

commercial/community

19

0

0

other

11

0

1