Page 3790 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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Let me be very clear: health is my number one priority. It is not this government’s. It is not Mr Rattenbury’s, it is not Mr Corbell’s, but it is mine. Let me assure you, Madam Deputy Speaker, that if and when we are in government we will turn our attention to health and we will address these issues. We will be open about what we are doing. We will be honest about what we are doing. We will not cut hospital bed numbers and pretend we did not. We will not let bullying develop to a crisis point and deny it ever happened. If there are problems we will be open about them and we will respond. It will be our priority. I am disappointed that this government has not taken this opportunity to actually acknowledge some of the problems and outline their strategy to fix them.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Coe

Ms Lawder

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Animal welfare

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (5.42): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection;

(b) the organisation plays a vital role in investigating cases of animal cruelty and its mission enjoys overwhelming support from the Canberra community;

(c) in the 2014-2015 financial year, the ACT RSPCA seized 799 live animals due to mistreatment;

(d) in the same period, the organisation raided four homes where more than 90 animals were seized at each property; and

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