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complaints, exceptions, exemptions, culture and education. The listening report also outlines comments received regarding legal assistance, discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and consultation with vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

I would like to sincerely thank the Canberra community for their engagement in the consultation process. Their considered feedback is forming the basis of the amendments to the Discrimination Act. My sincere thanks also to JACS officials for all of their work in facilitating this consultation process, preparing the listening report and, importantly, progressing these reforms. There will be further opportunity for the community to provide input into these reforms. A consultation draft of a discrimination amendment bill will be released for further feedback from the public in the coming months.

I look forward to working with the community to ensure that the ACT continues to lead the way with progressive and fair discrimination law. These reforms are an important step in positioning Canberra as the capital of equality. I present the following papers:

Discrimination Law Reform Listening Report—

Ministerial statement, 7 April 2022.

YourSay Report, dated April 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education Amendment Bill 2022

Ms Berry, pursuant to notice, as amended, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.43): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Education Amendment Bill 2022 that I present today amends the Education Act 2004 and Education Regulation 2005 to continue the government’s work in ensuring that all schools in the ACT are providing high quality education, with the appropriate systems in place to ensure our children and young people are safe and are able to access education.

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