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Thursday, 5 April 2001
Page: 26631

Mr LAWLER (9:58 AM) —Last week I had the opportunity to speak in the adjournment debate about Australia's organ donation: the fact that some 90 per cent of our countrymen support it but we have a very low donation rate, and the need to encourage contact between the families of donors and recipients. I want to put on the record some comments that I think will encourage families to consider the donation of the organs of their loved ones. I have here an excerpt from a letter from a recipient of donor organs. It says:

First let me say how sorry I am for your loss. I of course have no idea how, or in what circumstances your loved one died. It must be difficult at the time of this first Christmas and coming up to the first anniversary when you wonder what might have been ...

There are several very beautiful paragraphs in this letter, but I will just go to the one that I think is the most poignant. It says:

I also think of your loved one constantly, but clearly in a different light. I think of someone who was so unselfish that they thought of what they could do for others at the time of their death. Such a quality is very rare in this materialistic society but it is a quality that has given me a new lease on life and it is one for which I will be grateful for all of eternity.

Once again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you and your family have done fore me and my family.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl)—Order! In accordance with standing order 275A, the time for members' statements has concluded.