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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (19 March) . .

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Mr Coe then asked me what happened to the 27 dogs. As I have just alluded to, the number of dogs seized in December 2013 was 18, not 27 as reported in the Canberra Times. Of those 18 dogs that were seized, six were re-homed by the RSPCA, one was euthanased by the RSPCA, four were euthanased by DAS, three were released to local rescue agencies to be re-homed through their organisations and four were re-homed through DAS.

I was asked by Mr Wall whether any dogs had perished. I can advise that I am not aware of any incidents of dogs perishing at any of the properties in question. However, please be assured that if the directorate receives allegations of neglect, cruelty or any other breach of animal welfare laws or the death of animals due to poor treatment, investigations are undertaken under the Animal Welfare Act 1992.

Finally, Mr Wall asked me had I received a briefing from the directorate since the story related to the issue was published in the Canberra Times. I can advise the Assembly I have not had a detailed briefing from my directorate on this issue in particular since the story was published, but my office has received regular updates, as the matter is ongoing. I was advised by the directorate prior to the seizures taking place in late 2013 and, as I indicated yesterday, subsequent to this incident I have been discussing with the directorate and the RSPCA possible changes to the legislation.

Paper

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Gene Technology Act, pursuant to subsection 136A(3)—Operations of the Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report—1 July to 30 September 2014, dated 21 November 2014.

Canberra Olympic pool

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (3.32), by leave: I present the following paper:

The future of Canberra Olympic Pool (COP)—Ministerial statement, 19 March 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

As the Minister for Sport and Recreation I would like to provide members of the Assembly with an update on Canberra Olympic pool, better known as Civic pool. As members may be aware, the Canberra Olympic pool was constructed in 1955 during the lead-up to the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and holds a special place in the


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