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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 27


Mr TIM WILSON (Goldstein) (13:44): Today I would like to join the Goldstein community in grieving for the tragic loss of Thalia Hakin, in the recent Bourke Street carnage that shocked Melbourne in January. In moments of raw despair such as this, we stand with the Hakin family and give our heartfelt best wishes to Thalia's mother, Nathalie, and sister, Maggie, who remain critically injured. It has been deeply moving to see the Bentleigh community, part of the Goldstein community, stand together shoulder to shoulder with Thalia's father, Tony.

I would like to also acknowledge those people who have come to the support of the family, and particularly the support of the Jewish community and individuals such as Avi Yemini, who has organised a fundraising campaign on the family's behalf. It has already received over $50,000. Avi's hope is to raise $100,000 to support Tony and his family in this particularly fraught time. If you would like to contribute please visit www.mycause.com.au or contact the Goldstein electorate office on (03)95574644 for assistance.

The loss of Thalia is heartbreaking. But the strength of our Goldstein community is in its bonds and efforts to rally and support the entire Hakin family. We wish them all the best in their difficult time.