Sep 19, 2019

Statements on Indulgence – Law Enforcement – Thursday, 19 September 2019

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (14:02): I join with the Acting Prime Minister in acknowledging these great Australians who are with us in the gallery today. I had the opportunity earlier today to meet with Mark Turner and Linda Farrand to congratulate them personally on this wonderful achievement. They put their lives on the line to save someone who felt that living was not an option. I say to them: your patience, your compassion and your sheer courage through that longest of nights saved a life. You embody not just the highest values you can aspire to as police officers but the highest values any of us can aspire to as human beings.

I join with the Acting Prime Minister in celebrating all those who serve in our police forces around the nation and, indeed, in our Australian Federal Police. We are about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day, remembering those who have lost their lives in the service of others. We acknowledge the families who have been left behind and their friends. It is a great decision, for anyone who makes a decision to go into our police forces, to live a life that is about assisting others. I pay tribute to each and every man and woman who is doing that today.

I join with the Acting Prime Minister in acknowledging the members of this House who have served as police officers in the past and have gone on to far gentler duty in this chamber. Anyone who makes this decision is worthy of the thanks of the community. On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I join with the Acting Prime Minister to ensure that all those who serve know that this is an absolutely bipartisan commitment—indeed, a commitment on behalf of every member of this House.