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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 760 ..


they often are not celebrated. To develop a small business where it is the things that make you different that exactly make you special, that have allowed them to manifest profit and to employ people and to entertain Canberrans is an incredibly exciting thing indeed.

Let me make it very, very clear to all of my fellow members who I have gotten to know in the few months that we have all been here. All of you know I have a penchant for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Check it out on Stan if you have not already. I will stress the point that if you end up watching it and you end up enjoying it, you are not a drag fan unless you actually come along and see some local drag talent. There are RuPaul’s Drag Race fans and actual fans of drag, and if you want to be an actual fan of drag, flick me a message and I will bring you along to the next Phish and Phreak show. You can find them online and buy tickets. See, once a salesperson, always a salesperson. Thank you.

Women—International Women’s Day

Multicultural affairs—events

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) (5.42): As we have touched on this sitting week, for many women the last few weeks have been shocking, dismaying, frustrating and triggering. But among these difficult times, women have also come together, from calling out unacceptable behaviours to providing support and inspiration, and in numbers like I have certainly never seen before. In addition to the March 4 Justice, some of the best local examples I have seen of this have been around International Women’s Day.

I want to particularly note three organisations who hosted events, some for the first time, to mark the day. These are Alo-Enlightened Women, the Multicultural Association of Canberra, and the Canberra Labor Club group. All three were sold out, even in these COVID times. This is a testament to the organisation and leadership of each of these groups, but it also underlines the strength and the unity of our community. It was an honour to speak at each of these events, but I want to particularly highlight the work of Alo-Enlightened Women.

For those who do not know, it is a relatively new organisation, formed around 2019. Alo believes in gender equality for men and women across all walks of life, from personal to professional, in family environments, in the community or within organisational structures. Alo aims to provide a platform to engage on various issues that particularly touch women’s lives within the culturally and linguistically diverse diaspora. It aims to broaden our understanding on significant gender issues and unconscious biases that exacerbate gender stereotypes within our societies and has a particular focus on the areas of women’s leadership, the financial inclusion of women, women in tech, and violence against women and girls. I look forward to continuing to work with them closely, not just as a woman but also as Minister for Multicultural Affairs.


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