Page 1554 - Week 04 - Thursday, 29 March 2012

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MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, I have received representations from a constituent who received a rather substantial grilling at the shelter and has raised these concerns with me. Will you investigate them, review the shelter’s procedures and report back to the Assembly in May?

MS GALLAGHER: If anybody provides me with information where they want a matter investigated across the government, I always pursue that. So I am very happy to take your individual constituent’s concerns. I can also have a look at DAS’s procedures, but I think they are largely in line with other animal welfare organisations that request information from people to make sure that the re-homing of those animals is sustainable and has the best opportunity to succeed.

In relation to the individual matter, I am not sure that warrants coming back to the Assembly. Is that what you were asking, Mrs Dunne?

Mrs Dunne: Yes.

MS GALLAGHER: But I am certainly happy to discuss that with you. Any information you can provide me will be followed up.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how many dogs have been sold in the past 12 months and how many dogs have been destroyed?

MS GALLAGHER: I will take that on notice. But again I would remind members that the ACT, through partnerships with ARF, the ACT Rescue and Foster organisation, RSPCA and DAS, does an extraordinary job in re-homing animals across this city. We have a very low euthanasia rate for dogs, which is something I am sure we will all agree is a fantastic outcome. On the detail, I will take that on notice.

Productive infrastructure—investment

MS PORTER: My question is directed to the Treasurer. Minister, can you outline how the government is investing in world-class infrastructure to support our high quality health and education services?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question and for her interest in infrastructure investment. At a macroeconomic level, investment in productive infrastructure is very important to keep up with population growth in the territory. This investment removes barriers to economic growth in other sectors of the economy and, in fact, acts as a generator of economic activity in and of itself.

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