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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 441..

The Security Industry Act 2003 and the Security Industry Regulation 2003 do not identify or limit the geographical locations within the ACT where dogs can be used by security employees licensed to guard with a dog. However, there may be other pieces of legislation which limit the areas that animals are permitted.

Like all other animals, dogs are protected by the Animal Welfare Act 1992. This includes preventing people from causing the dogs unnecessary pain, committing an act of cruelty against them or using them for a purpose for which they are unfit.

If the dog has been trained as a guard dog, the Registrar for Domestic Animals must declare that a dog is a "dangerous animal"under the Domestic Animals Act 2000. In view of the risk to the community posed by dangerous animals, it is a requirement under the Act that individuals who own these animals must have a licence to do so.

Transport—light rail (Question No 1966)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2011 (redirected to the Acting Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development):

(1) In relation to the development of light rail proposals for the ACT, has the Government done an assessment of the risks associated with an oil-constrained transport future with and without a light rail system.

(2) Has the Government conducted analyses of the economic investment benefits that a light rail project would bring to Canberra.

(3) Has the Government conducted any comparative studies of light rail in cities similar to Canberra.

(4) Has the Government conducted a study of the financing options for light rail.

(5) Can the Minister provide the studies referred to in parts (1) to (4).

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No, however the environmental costs and benefits of a light rail system were assessed as part of the 2008 light rail submission to Infrastructure Australia. The environmental costs and benefits of light rail and bus rapid transit will be included in the Northbourne Avenue (Gungahlin to City) Transport corridor study (the Northbourne Avenue study) currently underway.

(2) The 2008 Submission to Infrastructure Australia included an assessment of the costs and benefits of a light rail project. The Northbourne Avenue (Gungahlin to City) Transport corridor study will include economic assessments for light rail and bus rapid transit options for this corridor.

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