The hearing begins: opening statements

Mr Scott Hansen: Director General, Department of Primary Industries 

States in his opening address that this bill "does not remove the right to legally protest", and delivers on government election promises in a "balanced" manner.

Mr Hansen acknowledges that this inquiry will highlight whether this is the case.

Mr Simon Vincent: Director Strategy and Policy, Department of Primary Industries

[no introduction]

Mr Paul McKnight: Executive Director, Policy, Reform and Legislation, Department of Communities and Justice

[no introduction]

Mr Cameron Whiteside: Detective Inspector & State Crime Rural Coordinator, NSW Police

States that this bill will "enhance the confidence [of farmers] in the rural police force and the judiciary", something that they have not expressed in the past.

Mr Cameron states that illegal hunting has been the most reported issue of farm trespass, followed by theft. Notably protest has not been mentioned.