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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (23 February) . . Page.. 748..


MS BRESNAN: Minister, what action is the government taking to decrease the number of animals being abandoned and euthanased in the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: From my understanding we have the highest rates of re-homing animals in the territory of any jurisdiction. I think the last figure I saw was about 95 per cent of animals re-homed here, which is a great outcome. One of the successes of the program has been the partnerships that have existed with the RSPCA, Domestic Animal Services and other services like the rescue and foster organisation volunteers who work with Domestic Animal Services to make sure that they are re-homing even the most difficult of animals. So I think we have got a pretty good record there, Ms Bresnan.

Roads—disability parking

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I note that answers on the availability of disabled parking spaces have previously been provided. However, constituents have advised me that due to the redesign of disabled parking spaces at the Erindale shopping centre the total number of spaces available has been reduced. Specifically, they have stated that on the north side of the shopping centre 11 spaces have been reduced to six and on the south side nine spaces have been reduced to seven. Minister, has the total number of disabled parking spots been reduced at the Erindale shopping centre?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take the specifics on notice. Actually, I have not been out to Erindale to count the number of car parks recently, although I was out—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: You guys are nasty. Has it not dawned on you that Mr Seselja has not lived in his electorate for the last seven years? In fact, he does not live in the electorate now.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. Let us come back to the question.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, I have ignored this little—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! That is enough. Ms Gallagher will turn to the question of Erindale, thank you.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have ignored that campaign for a few weeks now, but I just thought it would be useful to draw to members' attention the fact that Mr Seselja does not live in the electorate, and that seems to be fine for him but nobody else.


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