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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4543..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Children—kinship carer support program—Thursday, 26 August 2010

MS BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Doszpot): In response to Mr Doszpot's question, there was not a representative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the tender assessment panel.

MS BURCH (in reply to a question by Mrs Dunne): In response to Mrs Dunne's question there were two (2) tenders in total for the Kinship Carer Support Programs. Marymead was the successful tenderer for the Advocacy and Support component and did not tender for Category B - services targeted to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or Category C - education, awareness and support programs of kinship carers. The other tender received was for all categories of the tender and was assessed as not suitable in providing these services.

Schools—relief teachers—Thursday, 26 August 2010

MR BARR (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter): There were 1340 casual teachers registered as approved for casual relief on Thursday, 26 August 2010. Three hundred and forty one (341) relief staff were engaged to work on the day in question.

The Department of Education and Training does not collect information about alternative staffing arrangements made by individual schools.

Domestic Animal Services—dogs—Thursday, 26 August 2010

MR STANHOPE (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan):

I have received advice from the Registrar of Domestic Animal Services that DAS continues to impound dogs whilst the facility is in quarantine, as there is no alternative facility to impound stray and seized dogs in the ACT.

During the period 19 June 2010 to 27 August 2010, DAS impounded 323 dogs and ex-pounded 318 dogs; 217 of these dogs were strays. These impoundments included 26 transferrals from the RSPCA and 31 dogs that were handed in for re-homing. Additionally, during this period, two dogs were handed in for destruction due to the behaviour that they had exhibited to the owner/or family, resulting in them being considered a risk.

Of the dogs ex-pounded, 197 were claimed by their owners, 21 were sold to new homes and 14 were relocated to Rescue Services. Unfortunately, 20 dogs were euthanased for welfare reasons due to the parvo virus outbreak or due to their general poor condition.

MR STANHOPE (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur):

Domestic Animal Services (DAS) has had a series of outbreaks of canine parvovirus during the winter months of this year. Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease


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