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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4759 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

On that point, Mr Whitecross refers back to the historical situation. A very old resident of Canberra told me of a general barney that used to go on in some of the most salubrious areas around Forrest, where there was a constant argument about the same thing. There were letters to the editor and so forth, either just post-war, or it might have been just pre-war, over somebody who had a truck. So you are quite right in saying that this is not a new problem; but it is not enough to say that, because it has always been here, we cannot do anything about it. Mr Wood was very effective in doing something about putting restrictions on dogs and the way we handle dogs in this city, and rightly so.

Mr Whitecross: It did not work on the dog next-door to me.

MR MOORE: That is probably because you want to be tolerant and not phone the dog control people. You want to be a good neighbour and you will put up with it. But there has been a considerable change, since the legislation was put into place, in the general way dogs are controlled and looked after in this city. We see far fewer reports of dog attacks and so forth. You can change things. Just because it was the case before does not mean that you cannot bring about modifications. What we are debating at the moment is how quickly we should accelerate this process. I think it would be appropriate for the Government and the so-called Opposition to reconsider their position on this amendment particularly.

Question put:

That the amendment (Ms Horodny's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 4			NOES, 13

Ms Horodny	Mr Berry	Mr Kaine
Mr Moore	Mrs Carnell	Ms McRae
Mr Osborne	Mr Cornwell	Ms Reilly
Ms Tucker	Mr De Domenico	Mr Stefaniak
		Ms Follett	Mr Whitecross
		Mr Hird		Mr Wood
		Mr Humphries

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR MOORE (6.45): I move:

Page 6, lines 15 to 18, proposed subsection 150L(3), omit the proposed subsection.

Ms Horodny: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. You have failed to call for my amendment No. 9.

MR SPEAKER: Your amendments up to amendment No. 9 were contingent upon the passage of some defeated amendments.

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