Legislative Council: Wednesday, June 28, 2023


Declared Public Precincts

The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO (15:01): I seek leave to give a brief explanation before asking a question of the Attorney-General about declared public precincts.

Leave granted.

The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO: Yesterday, in question time in the other house, a question was asked regarding declared public precincts directed by the shadow minister for police. The response was:

Of course, the Attorney-General is the responsible minister for that and it is entirely a matter for him. My advice on this is very clear, and I have urged and requested SAPOL to provide that application to the Attorney with haste. Any support they need from me, as minister [being Minister for Police], is there on offer.

My questions to the Attorney-General are:

1. Has the current declared public precinct for City West expired? If so, will this be extended or expanded?

2. Has the Attorney already signed the declaration off?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:02): I thank the honourable member for her questions. The current declared public precinct, made under section 66N(1) of the Summary Offences Act has been remade, so the one that is currently in force that I think, off the top of my head, is from 6pm to 6am on Friday nights and Saturday nights, has been re-signed and remade. There has been a further application sought, and that is something, as the police minister correctly points out, I as Attorney-General, pursuant to section 66N(1) of the Summary Offences Act, consider, and once I have all the information from SAPOL, who make the application, that will be considered.

The PRESIDENT: The Hon. Ms Girolamo, just in the standing orders it has been pointed out to me that no member shall quote from any debate of the current session in the other house of parliament, or comment on any measure pending therein unless such quotation be relevant to the matter then under discussion. So you would need to rephrase that when you are asking that question without referring to the other house.