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a buyer the necessary confidence, when buying a pet, that the animal they are purchasing has been bred and reared correctly and does not have any existing health issues.

Section 72K takes into account the requirements for breeders to have a breeder’s licence number included in any advertisement they put out for the purpose of making a sale, which, over time, will encourage buyers to make better and more informed choices. This is another issue I have promoted to the minister before, and, again, I am glad to see this included in the bill.

I am committed to domestic animal welfare reform, and I am very pleased to support this matter today. I thank members for their indulgence in allowing me to speak.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion by Mr Barr proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Tommy Balogh

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.25): Madam Assistant Speaker, I rise to acknowledge local up and coming artist Tommy Balogh, whom I recently had the chance to meet at his first solo exhibition at the MI6 Artspace called Alchemists’ Paradise. Tommy is a graduate of the ANU School of Arts, He is a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). He subsequently won the EASS prize and the KPMG purchase prize in 2011. As part of his prize he had an exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, which led to the successful sale of his first large glass panel work.

After a four-year hiatus, he became part of the 2014 annual group exhibition at the Stur-Frye Gallery in Braidwood, New South Wales. He was also invited to the HUE Exhibition at Nishi Gallery in New Action, Canberra, in December last year.

Tommy is currently preparing a permanent collection of paintings at the Belconnen Premier Hotel and Apartments. As a university student, I think Tommy was cognisant of the fact that often being an artist does not pay the bills. So he actually came to my office as an intern with the practical goal of being a policy analyst long term. But art is clearly his passion. He is clearly very, very good at it. It was great to see that he has chosen to pursue this. I thank MI6 for giving him the opportunity to have his solo exhibition.

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