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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2010) . . Page.. 2327 ..

motivation for this part of the motion. That is the motivation for this. But there are untruths about the culls, there are incitements to act badly, dangerously, recklessly and there are incitements to take reprisals against public officials—not Mr Stanhope and me but people who are paid public servants whose anonymity we should be able to guarantee and whose safety we should be able to guarantee. Therefore, I am opposing this part of the amendment.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: The question is—sorry, Mr Rattenbury.

Mr Rattenbury: I was seeking leave to speak again, having been verballed by Mrs Dunne.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: I am sorry, Mr Rattenbury, but Mrs Dunne has in fact closed the debate. If you have an issue, with respect, you might like to take it up somewhere else. I would dearly like to give you leave or to offer leave but I do not think I have it within the Speaker’s power.

Mr Rattenbury: You are right, Mr Assistant Speaker. I accept your ruling.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you very much for that. I will put Mr Rattenbury’s amendments to Mrs Dunne’s amended motion separately.

Amendment (1) agreed to.

Amendment (2) agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Companion animals

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (7.46): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the need for guidelines for the breeding and selling of companion animals in the ACT; and

(2) welcomes the ACT Government’s steps to develop a mandatory code for the breeding and selling of animals in the ACT.

I am pleased to rise in this place today to speak once again on an issue that is of deep concern to me. I am happy to report that the government is taking significant steps in respect of this issue and I am delighted to be able to make a contribution to this discussion.

As members would be aware, I raised the issue of responsible pet ownership in this place recently after observing first hand the results of animals being surrendered to the RSPCA. From discussions with stakeholders in relation to animal welfare, it is clear to me that under our current arrangements it is difficult for the ACT to tackle the

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