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Personal explanation

MRS BURKE (Molonglo): Mr Speaker, in relation to a conversation you and I have just had in relation to comments I made that the Chief Minister stood to try and take a point of order on, I would say that I did forget to mention something the Chief Minister had said.

MR SPEAKER: You will need to seek leave.

MRS BURKE: Sorry, I seek leave.

MR SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 46?

MRS BURKE: Standing order 47.

MR SPEAKER: No, not 47; 46. There is no question before the house so you will have to take it pursuant to 46 and it has to be in relation to something that was raised. Do you claim to be misrepresented?

MRS BURKE: No. Well, I do. The Chief Minister claimed I was misrepresenting him. I just want to put on the public record the grab from the radio interview that he did, which I was referring to. As noted in my press release of 11 October, on 9 October 2007, the Chief Minister said on ABC radio:

There are clinical issues and staffing and systemic issues that we need to address—investigate closely … These are the processes we need to go through. To get bogged down in a debate about, oh well, this is about bed numbers or money really belies perhaps some of the systemic issues that need to be investigated.

In that regard, I guess I did misrepresent the Chief Minister. I forgot to mention that he was actually talking about investigating the matters himself. Thank you.

Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2007

Debate resumed from 7 June 2007, on motion by Mr Hargreaves:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (4.52): I rise today to fundamentally support the government’s new legislation for domestic animals, the Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2007. We support the great bulk of this bill but there are a number of matters that we want to address.

There are certainly many aspects of the domestic animals bill that we in the opposition wholeheartedly agree with, but there is still room to implement some further measures, we feel, especially in relation to dangerous dogs. We will support the government’s amendments, circulated today, on the wearing of dog tags, but we

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