CARR'S LABOR GOVERNMENT BURIES STOCK THEFT REPORT

Stock Theft Report

CARR'S LABOR GOVERNMENT BURIES STOCK THEFT REPORT

27 February 2001

The Carr Labor Government must urgently outline how it will tackle the growing scourge of stock theft, NSW National Party Stock Theft Spokesman Thomas George said today.

Mr George said Labor had buried a report on stock theft, which was ordered by the Government after much pressure from the NSW National Party late last year.

"The Rural Crime Working Party was set up to seek recommendations for changes to policy and legislation to deal with this problem and it took submissions from a wide variety of stakeholder groups across NSW," Mr George said.

"The Committee delivered its recommendations to the Government in October and there has not been a word on the issue since."

Mr George said it was unacceptable that the Government sit on a report that requires an urgent response.

"After slashing the number of stock squad police across NSW Labor has an obligation to rural and regional areas to ensure that something is done about the issue.

"The Government's inaction really confirms the contempt it has for people living in rural and regional NSW."

The NSW National Party made a submission to the Committee and Mr George toured NSW to meet with producers, Rural Lands Protection Boards, carriers, police, local government, stock and station agents and other interested parties.

The National Party submission included the need for greater police powers to investigate suspected stock theft in transit and on properties, greater promotion and use of the police assistance line, on the spot fines for theft and magistrates specialising in rural crime.

"The Labor Ministers must immediately put on the table their action plan to combat this scourge on rural NSW, which in the 1998/1999 financial year cost more than $1.4 million. When you consider today's dollars that would be the equivalent of more than $3 million in losses."

Mr George said the NSW National Party would vigorously pursue the issue in Parliament.

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