Page 4596 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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We will continue to consult widely, and that is why we have brought forward this exposure draft today. If we were not serious about consulting, we would not bring it forward as an exposure draft; we would present it as a bill. But we do want to see the best possible responsible dog management that the ACT can have. I can assure you, Madam Speaker, that we have more ideas about what can be implemented in this space. While the government appears reluctant to implement better control and management of dogs, we are happy to take the lead and bring forward these proposed changes.

Today I commend the exposure draft of the Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Amendment Bill 2018 to the Assembly. I would like to encourage wide public debate and public submissions, with a view to making Canberra a safer city for all of its residents and our beloved pets. I encourage members of the community, especially those interested in animal welfare, to make comment on this exposure draft, because we absolutely welcome their input to make Canberra a better and safer place for people and pets.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 3—corrigendum

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (5.19), by leave: I present the following paper:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on inquiry into the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018—Corrigendum, dated 31 October 2018.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Namadgi National Park

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (5.20): Earlier this month, Team Elizabeth Lee had an exceptional day at Namadgi National Park. We took part in a field trip looking at Namadgi National Park, the Cotter catchment, and how factors like animal life and the 2003 bushfire affect Namadgi and the surrounding area.

We made a pretty eclectic, yet large, group of about 20, including Minister Rattenbury and his staff, and staff from Minister Gentleman’s office and Ms Cheyne’s office. I had three staff members in tow myself. We were joined by members of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the conservation council, the National Parks Association, the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and her staff, and representatives from Icon Water.

Our first destination on our field trip was the Bulls Head picnic ground, which straddles the border between the ACT and New South Wales. Many thanks to the

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