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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16397

Ms GAMBARO (1:46 PM) —I rise today to thank the Queensland police for their courageous actions during recent weeks following the shooting of three police officers at close range in the suburb of West Chermside in my electorate of Petrie. With the discovery of Nigel Parodi's body last week, this sad and difficult time has reached its conclusion and all involved are relieved that there has been no further harm to members of the community. The three police officers—Sergeant Chris Mulhall, Constable Daryl Green and Constable Sharnelle Cole—who were shot while sitting in their patrol car have been extremely brave throughout this period and I wish them all the best for a full and speedy recovery. For the residents of the streets surrounding the area, life is returning to normal after a trying time with local schools being closed and residents enduring checks by police as they travelled to and from their homes. It has also been a very difficult time for the Parodi family, who have assisted police at every opportunity, and my thoughts are also with them.

This incident shows that mental illness, and particularly depression, not only affects individuals but also touches families and communities. It is important that we, as representatives of communities, continue to provide avenues of support and rehabilitation for people affected by depression. Programs such as Mindmatters educational kit for secondary school teachers tackle the issues of mental ill health, particularly depression, and attempt to deal with the issue through open communication and destigmatisation. With over one-quarter of young people experiencing serious depression by the age of 18, this is a very serious issue. I know all my colleagues join me in thanking all the police and the community for their hard work, courage and tolerance during this difficult period. (Time expired)