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Multi-faith service remembers QLD disaster victims

Kerrin Binnie reported this story on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 08:16:00

TONY EASTLEY: For many people there hasn't been much time to stop and remember the disasters that
struck Queensland over the past two months.

Last night religious leaders from seven faiths held a service at the Queensland Parliament to
reflect on events.

Kerrin Binnie was there for AM.

(Sounds of singing)

KERRIN BINNIE: Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Baha'i leaders joined MPs at
Queensland's Parliament House in Brisbane last night for a multi-faith ceremony to reflect on the
turmoil of recent months.

The Speaker of Queensland's Parliament, John Mickel, opened the service.

JOHN MICKEL: Our great state has been through some extremely difficult times.

KERRIN BINNIE: The Christian representative, Canon Richard Tutin, gave thanks for the people who

RICHARD TUTIN: We pray for them as they grieve as they try to rebuild their lives as communities
try to come back to a normal way of life.

KERRIN BINNIE: There was also acknowledgement from the Baha'i representative, John Handley, of the
community spirit displayed in the aftermath of the disasters.

JOHN HANDLEY: It is very heartening to see how the diversity of humanity has bonded together.

KERRIN BINNIE: Later this morning the Queensland Parliament will hold its first sitting since
November, but the normal procedures have been set aside.

Queensland's Deputy Premier Paul Lucas says all MPs will have a chance to reflect on the floods and
Cyclone Yasi, publicly express their sympathy for those who have died and thank the rescue workers.

PAUL LUCAS: It's a very sombre occasion. We've had people in very tragic circumstances who have
lost their lives and I think it's appropriate to reflect on that.

KERRIN BINNIE: The Leader of the Opposition John-Paul Langbroek says some MPs are emotional when
they discuss what's happened in their region.

JOHN-PAUL LANGBROEK: There are a lot of members of Parliament from both sides who want to express
their condolences.

KERRIN BINNIE: But the gloves will come off tomorrow when Question Time resumes and the Opposition
pursues the Government about the state's preparedness for the disasters.

Speaker John Mickel has acknowledged the political peace won't last long.

JOHN MICKEL: No matter what you might see over the next few days of the Queensland Parliament, I
say this to you: that just because there's heavy debate isn't a bad thing; it's actually a very
healthy thing.

TONY EASTLEY: Queensland Parliament's Speaker John Mickel ending Kerrin Binnie's report.