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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4950 ..


MR HANSON: He does not know his standing orders; he has no clue about his standing orders. But that is not the debate before us.

This, sadly I think, will only lock people into their positions, rather than potentially tease out some more nuanced understanding of this issue. What we all want to do in this place is make sure that we are keeping people safe in our community, particularly younger people, particularly vulnerable groups, and I think we had an opportunity to do that by putting it to a committee to get a better understanding of this bill. That opportunity is lost basically because Mr Pettersson and the Greens want to ram it through with as little scrutiny as it can get.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11 : Miss C Burch, Ms Lee, Mr Coe, Mr Milligan, Mrs Dunne, Mr Parton, Mr Hanson, Mr Wall, Mrs Jones, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder

Noes 14 : Mr Barr, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Berry, Ms Orr, Ms J Burch, Mr Pettersson, Ms Cheyne, Mr Ramsay, Ms Cody, Mr Rattenbury, Ms Fitzharris, Mr Steel, Mr Gentleman, Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Amendment Bill 2018

Ms Lawder, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (12.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Amendment Bill 2018 is the second tranche in a series of legislative changes designed to address the growing issues of dangerous dogs and responsible dog ownership. It is a continuing attempt by the Canberra Liberals to address this crisis in dog management. We have been consulting widely. We have been using the government's own reports, which have not been implemented as yet by the government. The Maxwell review, which the government received in April 2018 and released over five months later, made 33 recommendations.

In the bill I present today we are delivering on two specific Maxwell review recommendations. One is the third point in recommendation 11, that fees should be reduced if dogs are trained. The government's response to this recommendation was


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