Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Australian of the Year, Grace Tame

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (09:55): I rise to speak about Tasmanian survivor and our new Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, and also about Detective Sergeant Carson of the Ballarat area, who received this year’s Victoria Police medal. The two have something very important in common: their fight to reduce sexual crimes against children, which is one of the sole purposes of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party. I am sure you have all heard Grace’s harrowing story—losing her virginity at just 15 years old to her paedophile schoolteacher. Grace now dedicates much of her time to ensuring that this does not happen to other vulnerable children by using her name and her story. For nearly 29 years Detective Sergeant Carson has investigated sexual offences committed against children, including a high number of high-profile cases in Ballarat. He has worked tirelessly with victims and families to provide ongoing support and assistance because, as we know, sexual assault can and does have lifelong consequences. Detective Sergeant Carson has served for more than 46 years. MEMBERS STATEMENTS 116 Legislative Council Wednesday, 3 February 2021 On behalf of Derryn Hinch, myself and my colleague, Ms Maxwell, thank you, Grace and Detective Sergeant Carson. It just goes to show you that not all heroes wear capes.


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