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Opposition calls for law reform after dog attack

By Thumper 12 March 2008 9

The ACT Opposition has called for law reform after a Canberra man who saved a toddler from a dog attack was left with losses of nearly $30,000 due to medical expences inflicted by the dog, and lost wages.

Liberal MLA Bill Stefaniak said Warren Masters and another man jumped into a backyard and grappled with a dog that was savaging a two-year-old boy. The pair saved the child but Mr Masters was injured.

Mr Stefaniak said the man has no recourse to compensation because of a loophole in victims of crime laws.

ABC report here.

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Mr Evil 11:29 am 12 Mar 08

The last time I was attacked by a dog was while I was having a quiet beer at All Bar Nun: she reckoned she was 30, but I reckon the last time she’d seen 30 was 1930.

hairy nosed wombat 10:40 am 12 Mar 08

So Stanhopeless and Stefaniak are both lamenting that this fellow is out of pocket, and the victims of crime fund can not compensate him.

Here is an idea chaps, how about the Government, in a move of bipartisanship, change the law so he can be included.

Problem solved, or is that too hard for Stanhopeless and Zed the Zero to do.

LG 8:59 am 12 Mar 08

TAD – Victims of Crime compensation was axed? I thought, last year, Stanhope imposed a $10 levy on all traffic infringes to go into that fund?

Heavs 8:57 am 12 Mar 08

VOC compensation was scrapped because too many coppers were using it as a Christmas bonus.

It would be interesting to see whether it would be possible to mount a suit against the Dept of Housing. On what grounds would such a suit be launched?

TAD 8:33 am 12 Mar 08

Loophole my arse. Victims of Crime compensation was all but completely scrapped for costing too much.

Even under the old act, the poor chap wouldn’t even qualify as a victim unless you charged the dog.

pug206gti 8:21 am 12 Mar 08

I’m with VY. Having listened to the 666 discussion yesterday afternoon it seemed strange that this wasn’t an option that was being considered. I’m guessing that seeing as it was a houseo the owners are probably derros with only an unregistered box falcon to their name and clearly wouldn’t be worth pursuing for the $30k.

Anyway I’m not sure that the victims of crime fund is really the place but in any event it seems that once the gent involved is finished suing Dept of Housing Corbell will consider an ex gratia payment.

Meanwhile it was quite a story. The chap injured himself punching the dog in the head, which still wouldn’t let go and eventually they cut its throat to get it off.

Crikey 8:21 am 12 Mar 08

I heard Bill on morning radio about this issue. He spoke very well.

Sue the owner of the dog in civil court for damages.

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