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Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Page: 14449

The SPEAKER (14:22): I thank the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition for their remarks. I also welcome the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand and join the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in doing that. Briefly, as members would expect, I've been in touch with a good friend of many in this chamber, including myself, and a good friend of Australia, and that's the Right Hon. Trevor Mallard, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. As you'd expect, myself and the President of the Senate wrote to him on behalf of all members and senators. I have a brief message from him that I said I'd convey to the House:

As a country, we were all deeply shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of terrorism and hate carried out on our soil on Friday, 15 March. The outpouring of love and generosity displayed over the past few weeks has shown that, no matter one's religion, ethnicity or country of birth, New Zealanders will not tolerate violence or extremism of any kind. We will continue to be proud of our multicultural and inclusive society and continue to promote these values to the world. On behalf of the New Zealand parliament I want to thank you, your parliamentary colleagues and Australians generally for your support and solidarity. It is certainly a comfort to know we are not alone in our sense of loss. We shall hold your sympathy and support close as we continue to grieve, support the victims, their families and our cherished Muslim communities.

The Right Honourable Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

As a mark of respect, I ask all present to rise in their places.

Honourable members having stood in their places—

The SPEAKER: I thank the House.

Debate adjourned.