Page 1200 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Minister, under standing order 46, could you please stick to where you were personally misrepresented.

MS BERRY: Yes. The comments that I made to the Leader of the Opposition were not the comments that he said that I made.

Mr Coe: What were they?

MS BERRY: I have explained what I said.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Dog management

MR DOSZPOT (Kurrajong) (11.13): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the number of people treated for dog attacks in emergency departments (EDs) in the ACT last year was 155, around one every three days;

(b) the second highest injury in dog attacks in ACT EDs was to the patient’s head;

(c) there were 360 officially reported serious dog attacks in Canberra last year;

(d) as a consequence of these serious attacks, 124 dogs were seized by officials in Canberra last year;

(e) on average there is a serious attack reported in Canberra every day;

(f) there is also anecdotal evidence that there are many serious dog attacks that are not officially reported;

(g) 10 percent of dogs declared dangerous are not controlled and cause even further harm;

(h) dogs that have been found to have committed vicious attacks on people or other animals are returned to the community;

(i) the number of dog attacks treated in ACT EDs has increased 50 percent in the past five years;

(j) in any other field, this rate of increase in crime or injury would be regarded as a crisis; and

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