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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1139 ..

Services Directorate have spoken to him on a number of occasions. I have emailed him again this morning. And there has been correspondence from the directorate.

I certainly appreciate that Mr Toscan had not heard directly from me, but had heard from my office and representatives of Transport Canberra and City Services on a number of occasions. I emailed him directly myself this morning to apologise that he had not heard directly from me. In asking directorate officials to follow up, they remained, as I understand it, in contact with Mr Toscan throughout the investigation and subsequent resolution of that investigation. I am seeking more advice from the directorate about the processes related to the dogs in question that attacked Mr and Mrs Toscan’s dog. I understand that there are very strict conditions on those dogs at the moment, and I know that this morning the owner of those dogs was both on ABC Radio Canberra and in the Canberra Times.

As I noted, Mr Doszpot, there is a motion tomorrow to debate broader issues related to this. I do agree that we need to do more work in this space, and that is already underway.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what are the details of the infringement notices issued to the two young walkers responsible for the three large dogs at the time of the attack and what is the penalty on the owner of the dogs?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not have that specific detail. I will take the question on notice.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, are the penalties as set out in the letter of 15 March 2017, if you are aware of that letter, to the owners of the deceased dog, Mr and Mrs Toscan, appropriate?

MS FITZHARRIS: They are those currently in place but, as I indicated—and I look forward to the discussion tomorrow—I do think we need to do some review of penalties in this area.

Education—discussion paper

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development and is about the future of education discussion paper that the minister tabled in the Assembly on 16 February. Minister, have you written to the non-government school sector seeking their input into the future of education in the ACT?

MS BERRY: I thank the member for the question. At this stage of the conversation we are still setting up a program of opportunities for all people in the ACT, including independent schools and Catholic schools, so I have not written to independent schools, Catholic schools or government schools about being part of this conversation. I have certainly made it public in my statement and have advertised it through social media as well at this stage.

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