Page 1881 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 June 2022

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Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mental health services—Multicultural Association of Canberra

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (5.28): I rise to speak briefly about a very interesting and encouraging gathering that I attended in the middle of last month, and this was at the invitation of the President of the Multicultural Association of Canberra, Nishi Puri. The event was a mental health workshop sponsored jointly by the Multicultural Association of Canberra, Wellways and Feros Care. I will speak very briefly on each of these organisations.

Over the years, the Multicultural Association of Canberra has made tremendous contributions in promoting an understanding of the diverse cultures within the ACT. This organisation has helped migrants coming into the territory to settle quickly and receive community support. It has helped to establish stronger bonds and fellowship within each of their communities and within the broader ACT community.

The Wellways organisation offers a wide range of services to support individuals with disabilities or experiencing mental health issues, as well as individuals’ families, friends and carers, particularly support for those who have had a family member experience a suicide event or attempt. Feros Care is an NDIS provider and also works towards supporting people with a disability to live healthy, fulfilling and connected lives. Together, these three organisations hosted a wonderful afternoon event, over lunch, with a combined vision of raising awareness of and offering mental health support to our migrant and multicultural community.

As I said earlier, it was my pleasure to address this event on behalf of the Canberra Liberals and as acting shadow minister for multicultural affairs. In that role, I certainly do enjoy meeting with the many multicultural communities of Canberra to learn about the challenges they face in, for many, a new cultural, social, economic and legal system. I would like to thank the president, Nishi Puri, of the Multicultural Association of Canberra, and Wellways and Feros Care, for their efforts in contributing to support our thriving multicultural community, to support them with mental health issues and to help them find the support they need in times of drama and stress. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Assisted reproductive technology—children’s rights

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (5.31): This is my next story in a series of adjournment speeches about donor-conceived people, but this story is a little different.

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