Condolences for Bourke Street tragedy victims
Parliament has today paid tribute to the victims of the Bourke Street tragedy, with condolences moved in both Houses.
As this was the first sitting day since the tragic events of 20 January, the condolence motions were moved once parliamentary business commenced.
“This House extends our thoughts, prayers and support to the victims of the Bourke Street tragedy and their loved ones; expresses our gratitude to emergency service personnel for their unwavering professionalism; and pays tribute to the everyday Victorians who, in the face of unimaginable tragedy, showed the most remarkable courage and compassion,” Premier Daniel Andrews moved.
Mr Andrews said on that Friday afternoon of the tragedy, it felt like a giant shadow was cast over our city, and in many ways it still has not really gone away.
“Eighteen days ago, our whole state stopped – in shock, in grief, in sadness,” he said.
“Today, this Parliament also stops – to pay tribute to the victims of an unspeakable crime that took place in the heart of our city.
“The thousands who bore witness; the dozens who were injured; the six who were lost – today we honour them, we remember them and we stand by their families and their classmates and their colleagues and their friends.”
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the events of 20 January have impacted so many of us so deeply.
“The level of hurt, not just in Melbourne but right across Victoria and Australia, has been overwhelming,” he said.
“The loss of life has been felt by all of us, whether we knew those taken or not. All of us have felt loss, have felt the tremendous sadness and grief being borne by six families and have shaken our heads and asked ‘Why’?”
Members from all sides of politics offered their condolences in both Houses.
During the condolences the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle was invited to address the Legislative Assembly.
“At first,” Mr Doyle said, “I think we all shared that pain of grief and loss.
“Then there was a maelstrom of emotion — anger, bafflement, anxiety, sadness, shock.
“Then we all shared that outpouring of love and compassion that became the floral tributes, the messages left, the vigil in Federation Square, all of which marked our tragedy.
“That outpouring of love said, ‘We feel, we hurt, we grieve, but we are here together for them and for us’.”
Following the condolences, both Houses paused from their usual business as a mark of respect.
- Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:27