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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 1027 ..


The event was also attended by our friends from federal parliament, Katy Gallagher, David Smith and Alicia Payne. Everyone came together to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

The day was marked with traditional songs and dances, delicious food, and a one of a kind atmosphere where everyone came together to respect one another. The theme was “Everyone belongs”, a theme I have worked in to my day-to-day responsibilities as an MLA. I want everyone, not only in my electorate but all of Canberra, to feel included and respected, regardless of background or any other aspect making one’s individuality. As I have said in the past, my electorate has some of the most linguistically and culturally diverse suburbs in the territory and I am proud to represent an area where this diversity is particularly celebrated. And I will continue to support events like this one.

I have been discussing planning and traffic in Yerrabi with my constituents to work with them to build a better town centre for all of us. The community is very engaged with the future of the town centre and the region in general. As always, the Canberra community cares deeply about the regions where we live, work, study, relax and raise our families.

On the theme of engaging with Yerrabi residents, I have held a number of pop-up stalls around Yerrabi, with more planned over the next couple of weeks. I have spoken to residents in Franklin and Palmerston, Gungahlin, Casey and had some great chats. I always enjoy meeting locals and having a chat one on one, hearing directly from them their views on what our community needs.

This is also a great opportunity to talk about the great work that the ACT government continues to do, with lots of interest in the projects happening around Yerrabi. I look forward to getting back out into my electorate after this sitting week and meeting those I represent. None of the great work which flows from the work undertaken in this place can happen without their support.

LGBTQI community—IDAHOBIT

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (6.33): While it may be a month away, I rise today to speak of IDAHOBIT. If there is one thing the LGBTQIA+ community loves, it is an acronym, so it will be useful to inform the house of the meaning of the acronym for IDAHOBIT. It is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which this year will be celebrated on Monday, 17 May.

Thirty-one years ago, on 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the classification of diseases and related health problems. That was only a year and a half before I was born. How far we have come in such a short time, Madam Speaker.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. I have written to the Chief Minister and asked him to consider erecting


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