Page 487 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Ms Berry: Seriously, Madam Speaker, those continuous interjections from the other side are making it difficult for the minister to respond. I am interested to hear what the response is to the question that was asked.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is a point of order. Can you reduce the noise on this side so the minister can be heard? Minister.

MR RAMSAY: We are continuing to provide an open invitation to the club to participate actively in the development of the fair transition package, which will include elements such as re-skilling for ACT dog owners, breeders and trainers and a welfare plan for ACT greyhounds, including training and rehousing.

I continue to encourage the club to engage positively with my directorate, as they have been advised and as they have been invited to do a number of times through their lobbyist, so that they can have a full say in the building of a transition package that is right for their futures.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, can you guarantee certainty for the future that is deserved by the 400 Canberrans who are either involved in the industry or whose livelihoods depend on its survival?

MR RAMSAY: The consultation and coordination of the transition package will occur led by the relevant government directorate. There will be an independent consultant, yet to be identified. That will occur between the greyhound industry and animal welfare and dog rescue organisations to develop the particulars of the transition package. This would include, potentially, a support package for industry participants, dog owners, breeders and trainers through reskilling as well as welfare plans for greyhounds, including training and rehoming of racing greyhounds. We look forward to be being able to continue to work with industry for the best possible package for everyone involved.

ACT emergency services—response times

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you update the Assembly on recent results in the report on government services relating to the performance of ACT’s emergency services and police.

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question. As members will be aware, the report on government services is published by the Productivity Commission, and it examines the performance of governments across Australia in government service areas. I am very pleased to inform the Assembly that in the latest report, covering the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, the ACT recorded extremely positive results across our emergency services and police roles.

In emergency services, our response times continue to lead the nation. I am very pleased to inform the Assembly that the ACT recorded the best response times in the country for ambulance and firefighting personnel despite demand for these essential services continuing to increase. In policing, Canberrans continue to report feeling safe

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