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Question Status:  Answered

Session: 59 Parliament First Session Sitting: 2019 House: LC
QP Reference No: NP 32 Question Number: 819

Asked By: Hayes Clifford Party: Sustainable Australia Addressed To: Agriculture
Asked Date: Sep 10, 2019

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MR HAYES — To ask the Minister for Agriculture: In relation to firearms used by duck shooters:
(1) How many prosecutions have resulted from breaches of sections 131(1) of the Firearms Act 1996, which prohibits shooters from trespassing on private property or discharging a firearm on or across private property.
(2) Will the Minister investigate if duck shooters obtain the permission of any landholders living within 250 metres before discharging a firearm, pursuant to the firearm regulations for target shooting.
(3) Does the Government engage in any monitoring on whether toxic lead shot is still being illegally used and its impact on wetland ecosystems, animals and people.
(1) Questions regarding any matters relating to illegal trespass or the unauthorised discharge of a firearms on or across private property should be directed to the Minister for Police.

(2) No. Allegations of breaches of firearms regulations should be referred to Victoria Police for investigation as appropriate.

(3) The use of lead shot for hunting waterfowl was prohibited in Victoria in 2002 and it remains an offence under the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012. The use of lead shot is monitored every duck season, with enforcement statistics showing most hunters now and as required use non­-toxic alternatives.
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