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schizophrenia, that recovery is possible, and that being inclusive of family and carers is important. The many misconceptions about schizophrenia add to the burden experienced by those who have lived experience, as well as their families and carers. Educating the community about mental illness is our most effective tool in reducing the stigma. I believe it is also important to dispel the myths and allow every individual to reach their full potential in the home, the community and the workplace.

This year’s theme connects strongly to the ACT vision for mental health—of a kind, connected and informed community working together to promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of all. As the ACT Minister for Mental Health, I am committed to supporting people with schizophrenia through raising awareness to reduce stigma, and to building community understanding, early intervention and the ongoing development of our mental health service system. Our whole community benefits when all Canberrans can contribute and participate to their full potential, so I encourage the ACT community to become better informed about schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

I thank those of you who continue to raise awareness and share knowledge about schizophrenia. It is through initiatives like Schizophrenia Awareness Week that our community can contribute significantly to broadening the public’s knowledge and understanding of schizophrenia and help everyone connect with hope.

I present the following paper:

Schizophrenia Awareness Week—Ministerial statement, 8 June 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Workplace Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella-Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.43): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I am pleased to present the Workplace Legislation Amendment Bill 2022. This amendment bill further advances the government’s commitment to ensuring that our workplace legislation continues to be effective. At the heart of the legislation is the

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