On 21 August 2017, Minister for Police Troy Grant announced the NSW Government will strengthen laws concerning stock theft, trespass and illegal hunting following a review of the current law by former NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Steve Bradshaw.
The Bradshaw Review was announced by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police on 25 February 2016 along with specific terms of reference.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said at the time that "a rise in reports of stock theft, particularly feral goats in Western NSW", sparked the review into trespass, poaching and illegal hunting, whose terms of reference included the following questions:
The Final Bradshaw Review was delivered with 22 recommendations which identified a number of areas for improvement in responding to rural crime from both an operational and legislative perspective.
According to the Minister for Police, the Bradshaw Review highlighted a number of common concerns amongst victims, including that the costs associated with rural crime are often not reflected in the penalties delivered by the courts, as well as deficiencies in the law regarding trespass.
In response to these issues raised in the report, the NSW Government will propose:
Minister for Police Troy Grant said:
“The unique features and challenges of crime in rural and regional areas demands a tailored response...We must ensure that the police respond to reports of crime in a timely fashion and have the necessary skills and knowledge of their local communities to hold those responsible for these crimes to account."
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