Animal Welfare Act 2002 —Westpork, Ferguson and Massam —Charges

Extract from Hansard [COUNCIL —Tuesday, 27 November 2012] p8980a-8980a Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

Animal Welfare Act 2002 —Westpork, Ferguson and Massam —Charges

6401. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Child Protection representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food
Further to the answer provided to question without notice No. 226, I ask —
(1) Will the Minister please advise the status of each of the charges listed in the Minister’s response to item (2) of the question?
(2) Will the Minister please explain why this case has been repeatedly listed ‘for mention only’ giving reasons for the prolonged delay?
(3) When is a substantive hearing in relation to the alleged offences likely to be held?

Hon ROBYN McSWEENEY replied:
(1) All charges are listed before the Magistrates Court for mention only on 7 December 2012.
(2) There have been preliminary issues raised in respect of some of the charges. The Magistrates Court’s determination of some of those preliminary issues is the subject of review by the Supreme Court and the parties are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision.
(3) It is not possible to say when the substantive hearing of the charges is likely to be held. .