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dangerous dogs and their owners rather than the community and the victims of dog attacks. This legislation will change that.

If Labor and the Greens are serious about protecting Canberrans they will support these essential amendments. They will support this legislation. This legislation will finally restore the balance in the ACT. This legislation will finally give victims their rightful place in our community and will finally get rid of dangerous dogs—dogs that are known to have caused serious injury; dogs that are known to have killed other dogs—off our streets. I call on the government and I call on the Greens to support the legislation.

Debate (on motion by Ms Fitzharris) adjourned to the next sitting.


MADAM SPEAKER: I recognise that we have again in the gallery the Speaker and the Clerk of the parliament of Kiribati. I hope that you are enjoying your time in the ACT Assembly.

Crimes (Criminal Organisation Control) Bill 2017

Mr Hanson, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.17): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

In my speech today on this bill I will open by using the words of others. On the front page of the Canberra Times only a couple of days ago, “War zone” was the headline. The subheading was “Suburban violence”. The article stated that Kalgoorlie Crescent residents were left terrified after a man was shot in the groin and shoulder and two vehicles were torched on Tuesday night. The article continued:

Two young children were home at the time, and Taskforce Nemesis is now investigating any links to bikie gangs.

Sadly, that is not the only quote relating to this issue; far from it. ABC Online posted a time line of these recent attacks. This is not an exhaustive list, but these are some of the headlines. On 10 March this year: “Front lawn set alight at house next door to childcare centre”. On 6 July: “Three cars torched, shots fired in Kambah”. On 11 July: “Cars, house shot at with high-powered rifle in Waramanga”. On 18 July: “Bullets fired into home next to childcare centre”. In September: “Man shot twice in the leg in Kambah”. There was a heartbreaking report of a six-year-old girl trying to use a garden hose to put out a fire set on their property while an adult victim lay bleeding from gunshot wounds.

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