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Monday, 2 April 2001
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Mr MURPHY (1:42 PM) —Over the weekend, I discovered among my records an editorial titled `Easter and the endless conflict'. The editorial was published in the Good Friday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald a few years back and I kept it because I thought it was a great piece of writing on the message of Easter. I would like to share part of the editorial with you as I believe it holds an important message for all of us in this House. It states:

Every society needs people who live above and beyond self-interest, who remain faithful to the truth whatever the cost. The Easter story shows these standards can be achieved. There is a down-drag which pulls at every life. It is easy to slacken within, to compromise, to rationalise. The inner victory of Jesus strengthens the moral fortitude of all who come near to Him.

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The whole Easter story shows the power which comes when in any cause the means chosen are in accord with the ends being served.

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The Resurrection has permanently changed the world. The light which streams from the empty tomb falls across every life and every society. It reveals the basic instability of evil. In the endless conflict in our personal lives we can take heart. The future belongs to the Kingdom of God. The God who raised Jesus from the dead will in the end bring justice and freedom and peace to Victory.

Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish you, every member of this House and their families and staff a very happy Easter Day on Sunday, 15 April.