Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 3 August 2017) . . Page.. 2493 ..
The challenge that lies ahead is not one just for government. Different sectors need to join together in an ongoing conversation and as a community to identify and deliver workable solutions to strengthen housing assistance and address housing affordability in Canberra. This summit is an important part, but only one part, of a range of opportunities that are open to the community to contribute ideas and to help shape the government’s thinking. These are all outlined on the ACT government’s Your Say website.
Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
Greyhound racing—cruelty reports
MR RAMSAY: Madam Speaker, I am able to provide some further information in relation to a supplementary question which was asked by the Leader of the Opposition. In relation to the allegations that have been made about swabs of greyhounds, I can advise that the main areas that were raised were the small number of greyhounds that were swabbed up after performing poorly; the highly variable number of swabs that were taken per meeting; the swabs that were reportedly misplaced by the freight company; and the substantial number of swabs that were never cleared in the negative swab list. As I mentioned, the matter was referred to Access Canberra. I am advised that Access Canberra determined that they needed further information from Canberra Greyhound Racing Club. They have sought that information, and that information has been provided by the racing club. The investigation is continuing.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (3.22): Madam Speaker, I seek your leave under standing order 46 to make a personal explanation.
MADAM SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been misrepresented, Mr Rattenbury?
MR RATTENBURY: Yes.
MADAM SPEAKER: Please proceed.
MR RATTENBURY: Mr Parton, in his question to the attorney, made the allegation that I have information about individual cases of abuse of greyhounds that I have not provided to the authorities. I have never made such a claim. I have never had such information. Mr Parton is drawing his analysis from an interpretation by the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club of an interview I gave with Chris Coleman on Radio 2CC a couple of weeks ago. At the time, Mr Coleman asked me about why the ACT government was moving to bring an end to the greyhound industry in the ACT. I said to Mr Coleman: