GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:07:20): I join with other members in the chamber in speaking on this motion of sympathy on behalf of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party. We express our sincere condolences to the victims and their families and to the Sri Lankan people following the horrendous attacks across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The horrific nature of these attacks is an attack not only on Sri Lanka but on all who advocate and live for freedom around the world.
Though I fear how fruitless my words may be in easing the pain of those affected by these atrocities, I know I stand with all Victorians in expressing my deepest sadness and sincerest condolences to the Sri Lankan people in this time of grief. Despite this horrific event, on top of the appalling incident in recent times in New Zealand, a clear message must be sent to all of those people driven to divide our society through carnage and the killing of innocent people. That message is that you will never win, you will never divide us and we, as a strong, inclusive and compassionate community, will always prevail with our own strength in unity.