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to the casino and get yourself chips and more money to play the game. Gambling has become a very pervasive part of all of our media.
There is also a call for more research into gambling in Australia and for the Australian Gambling Research Centre at AIFS to act as a national clearing house for gambling research, which is something that I have wanted to see for a really long time, so I am glad to see that recommendation.
I hope that all of our colleagues in the federal parliament will pay close attention to these recommendations. I call on all community members to write to federal members to implore them to support these recommendations and to really reform our system in Australia.
I would like to thank the Bets Off. Game On people who supported my campaign. I had over 1,000 people support my petition. I also thank the Canberra community, because without the support from everyone, and without the community advocating for these changes, we would not be here today. I think this is a most critical opportunity; I am very keen, and I will continue to advocate very hard to federal government to see these changes implemented.
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.47): I rise to speak about the worsening humanitarian crisis that is currently underway in Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as Artsakh. I want to commend Mr Pettersson for his speech about this very topic. For over 50 days, the blockade of the Lachin corridor by Azerbaijanis has restricted the importation and movement of Artsakh’s 120,000 residents. The Lachin corridor is Artsakh’s only access to the outside world, so the impact of this blockade on residents is enormous. Due to this enforced isolation, there are significant shortages of food, fuel, medicine and power, which is fostering a devastating humanitarian crisis.
The ACT has many hundreds of Armenian-Australians who have come from far and wide to call Canberra home, reflecting the strength and importance of multiculturalism in our city. Unfortunately, many have been and continue to be personally affected by what is occurring in Artsakh. I speak to briefly express my deepest sympathies with Canberra’s Armenian-Australian community and my sympathies to those affected by this terrible humanitarian crisis. I hope and pray that humanitarian relief is provided to those who need it and that we see an end to this devastating blockade.
King’s birthday honours—Ginninderra recipients
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.47): I rise to celebrate the many people in Ginninderra who have been recognised in the King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List.
Heidi Prowse has been awarded an OAM for her service to community health.
From extraordinary work with Cystic Fibrosis ACT and organising the Santa Speedo Shuffle alongside her husband, Andrew, she has provided practical, financial and