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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27692

Ms BURKE (1:57 PM) —I also want to mark the anniversary of the loss of our colleague and my friend Greg Wilton. As I said in the condolences at that time, tragically male suicide was an issue Greg felt particularly passionate about. He is on the record in this place as lamenting the lack of support services for middle-aged men in crisis. As I said in my speech on the condolence motion, it would be a fine legacy if this enormous issue were given some serious consideration by the House. Tragically, 12 months have passed and we have not seen the issue raised by this House. We have seen another colleague die—obviously not through suicide but through the stress and strain, perhaps, of working in this building. The issue of male suicide is something that we need to put back on the agenda and give more consideration to.