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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 September 2019) . . Page.. 3783 ..

MR RATTENBURY: I am not aware of that evidence that Mrs Jones is alluding to. The advice I have is that jurisdictions overseas where the rules around cannabis use have been changed have not seen a significant uptake in the use of cannabis. In fact my view is that, in having an environment in which it is not so taboo, or where there is a decreased legal risk, people are more likely to seek out medical help, which I think will be better for people overall.

Animals—dangerous dogs

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Late last year, domestic animal services investigated a dog attack on a police officer in Narrabundah. Subsequently, the dog bit a child and was reported to DAS. I wrote to you on this matter on 11 February this year. You replied four months later, by which time the dog had been seized and then released back to its owner following a further attack. I wrote to you again about this dog on 2 July and again on 5 August. You have not replied to either of those letters. Meanwhile the same dog has allegedly been involved in further incidents, most recently allegedly involving multiple DAS and police officers in yet another seizure. Minister, how many times does the government allow a dog to attack humans or pets in Canberra before it takes firm action?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I reject the premise of her question but I will go back and look in relation to the letters that she has written to me and provide a response to those matters. Domestic animal services investigates dog attacks with a significant amount of seriousness. I will come back to the Assembly and Ms Lawder with some further information about this particular case.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how many combined hours have DAS and the police spent dealing with this one dog?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I will take that on notice.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, how many times has this dog attacked, how many times has it been reported to DAS or the police, how many times has it been seized and how long has it been held in the pound?

MR STEEL: I think that there were about five questions in that one. I am happy to come back to the Assembly with answers to those.

Government—veterans employment strategy

MR GUPTA: My question is to the Minister for Seniors and Veterans. Can the minister update the Assembly on the work that the government has been doing in the area of transition to employment for veterans?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Gupta for his question. The government is committed to making Canberra a place where veterans feel that they belong, feel valued and have the full opportunity to participate. Part of that is ensuring that those who leave the Defence Force are able to find a job on civvy street, if that is what they want to be able to do.

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