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					HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                  PROOF

         Main Committee

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

    Cowan Electorate: West
 Australian Assistance Dogs Inc.

                 SPEECH
             Monday, 17 August 2009


     BY AUTHORITY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Monday, 17 August 2009                HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                                                  1


                                                SPEECH
           Date Monday, 17 August 2009                           Source House
          Page 94                                                  Proof Yes
     Questioner                                              Responder
       Speaker Simpkins, Luke, MP                           Question No.

Mr SIMPKINS (Cowan) (6.50 pm)—Recently at Kingsway shopping centre, not far from my office, I attended a
demonstration by the West Australian Assistance Dogs, an incorporated body. In that demonstration they showed
us how they are recruiting and training dogs to help people with disabilities—basic functions which nevertheless
improve the quality of life for people with disabilities such as retrieving keys, answering phones and even taking
washing out of washing machines. It was a very impressive demonstration. I would like to say what an excellent
organisation they are. I thank the leadership of WA Assistance Dogs for what they do. Gwen Dasborough is
the president, Mike Burridge is the treasurer, Lesley Burridge is the mobility services trainer, Maja Pitts is the
vice-president, Kendall Pickering is on the committee, Dot Blee is the secretary, Carolyn Read is the trainer and
Dave Curr is on puppy roster. The dogs who were there that day and did an excellent job were Flossy, Toby,
Leroy, Savannah and Kaelen.




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