Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) . . Page.. 5260 ..
question was, “Can the minister update the Assembly,” anything beyond yes or no as to whether he could is a matter of administration of that policy.
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Mr Wall, if you get yes/no answers now throughout all question times in 2018 I hope you do not object.
Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (3.38): I move amendment No 6 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5328]. In the interests of time, I will be brief. This clause substitutes section 32(2) and gives the registrar discretion as to whether to renew a special licence if the registrar reasonably believes there is an unacceptable risk to the safety of the public or other animals, or if the holder has failed or is unable to exercise responsible dog management, care or control.
The clause requires the registrar to refuse to renew a licence if the licence holder is disqualified from keeping a dog or any other animal as per existing section 138A of this act. The fee must be at least 10 times the application fee for registration of a dog and can be waived by the registrar in certain circumstances, which mirror the circumstances where the fee for granting a licence can be waived.
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (3.39): For very similar reasons, the opposition has concerns with this. The amendment put forward by the government again allows for the registrar to put dogs back on the street, which can pose an unacceptable safety risk.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 6, as amended, agreed to.
Proposed new clauses 6A to 6N.
MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (3.40): I move amendment No 7 circulated in my name, which inserts new clauses 6A to 6N [see schedule 1 at page 5329]. These clauses retain the ability for a court to order a dog to be destroyed or take other appropriate action where a dog attacks a person or animal, causing serious injury. This clause does not limit the ability for the registrar to take action in relation to an attacking or harassing dog as provided for elsewhere in this bill.