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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1301

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (20:54): At 1.39 pm on the Friday the week after the Bourke Street mall massacre, hundreds of us stood at the GPO and had a minute's silence, surrounded by floral tributes, teddy bears and excruciatingly emotional cards and tributes to the fallen, and reflected on what had happened. I said on that day that at 1.39 pm on 20 January we saw Melbourne at its worst and in the minutes, hours and days after that we saw Melbourne at its best. I had my say earlier this week; I just wanted to say that it was a most ghastly time for Melbourne but, in the aftermath, it proved its strength, character and bravery and what a wonderful city it is.