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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 120 ..


that he has found his voice to share his story with the rest of us and to give us an insight into what it is like to be a person living with HIV today, despite all the knowledge that we have. We do not, of course, have a vaccine or a cure, and in this time of COVID it is important to understand and acknowledge the difference there.

The other speaker was Sonia Di Mezza, who has written a book with an Indian woman about her experience. It is a powerful book called Lovesick, which has now been made—from another perspective—into a series on Netflix. I encourage people to check that out. I have not, but I do intend to. World AIDS Day is a really important day to recognise the reality of the world as lived by people with HIV and to re-dedicate ourselves to ensuring that we do everything we can to promote prevention strategies but also to understand the experience.

While I am speaking, I want to acknowledge a school in my electorate of Kurrajong, North Ainslie Primary School, which was yesterday awarded Sustainable School of the Year in the 2020 Schools Sustainability Awards. Congratulations to North Ainslie Primary School; to the student leadership team award winners for secondary schools, Dickson College; the Sustainability and Waste Action Group, SWAG; and to a student at Merici College, Imogen Simmons, for winning the leadership award for secondary students. There are many other awards right across Canberra that demonstrate the commitment of our schools and our students to sustainability. This is an issue that young people obviously take very seriously, and the award winners are just a small sample of what young people in our community are doing to deliver a more sustainable world for the next generation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.41 pm.


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