Page 5093 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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Improve the safety and amenity of the Treasurer Taylor carpark by installing lighting and a bin;

Extend the footpath on Mannheim Street from McKay Crescent to Sullwood Drive.

Consider improvements to Mannheim Street to slow speeding traffic and improve safety.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, petition 18-17, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services.

Dangerous dogs—petition 24-17

By Mr Doszpot, from 32 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the ACT Government's current method of managing dangerous dogs in Canberra is ineffective in deterring and responding to dog attacks, leaving victims of dog attacks financially, physically and emotionally deserted.

Your petitioners note that the number of human and animal victims of dangerous dog attacks in Canberra is increasing at an alarming rate. In 2013, 84 people presented at ACT public hospital emergency departments as a result of a dog attack. In 2016, the number was 155. This means there is on average a dog attack on a person every second day. This figure excludes dog attacks that have not been reported. Furthermore, victims of dog attacks are left to pick up the financial, physical and emotional damage with little or no assistance from the Government, while the dangerous dogs are often merely licensed, given back to their owners and let out into the Canberra community once again.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to make Canberra suburbs and parks safe from dangerous dogs by amending legislation to clearly define on what grounds a dangerous dog should be put down and the ramifications for an owner of a dangerous dog after an attack.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and copies referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Petition—Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Safe schools program—petition 21-17

By Ms Berry, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, dated 17 November 2017, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Wall on 24 August 2017 concerning the safe schools program.

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