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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 676 ..

Other technical amendments will further clarify and simplify tax administration. This includes clarifying the operation of provisions that applies to rating factors to mixed-use land development based on the intended proportion of residential and commercial development; clarifying and improving the operation of debt recovery provisions relating to charges over land for tax debts; and including land rent charges under the honest purchaser liability protections where a certificate of tax and other charges is provided to a purchaser.

Through this bill we are meeting our public commitments to improve housing affordability, as well as continuing to ensure that our tax system is fit for purpose. The Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 supports the functioning of government and the provision of services to the benefit of all Canberrans, and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Lee) adjourned to the next sitting.

Domestic Animals Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Mr Steel, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement, and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (10.49): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Domestic Animals Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to the Assembly today. The bill will introduce a best practice, comprehensive annual dog registration from July at no additional cost to dog owners. The ACT government is putting in place the systems and processes needed to promote safe and responsible dog ownership by ensuring that we have up-to-date information on where dogs live and who owns them.

Dogs are an integral part of our Canberra community. They are sentient animals who can feel a full spectrum of emotions, whether it be happiness, hope or pain. They provide joy and enrichment to their owners’ lives, but it is undeniable that when not managed appropriately, dogs can pose a public safety risk. The ACT government is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, minimising the risks dogs pose to our community and to ensuring our city becomes a leader in animal management.

The ACT government has worked continuously over the last few years to achieve this vision. In 2017 we strengthened our laws in relation to dangerous dogs, improving both our legislative framework and regulatory processes, and now we have some of the strongest dog laws in the country. In 2018 we commissioned the independent expert review into the management of dogs in the ACT, which provided 32 recommendations on how Canberra can become a world leader in dog management.

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